Book launch: Social Justice & the Churches23/12/2014 9:51:00 AM by Administrator Account
Social Justice & the Churches Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilitie
Edited by John D’Arcy May. Chapters written by representatives of seven
Australian Churches show that Christian approaches to social justice are
startlingly distinctive, in their starting points as well as in their
positions on urgent matters of human rights, sexual ethics, and economic
justice. Social justice is not just a matter of applying well-known
‘first principles’ shared by all Christian traditions, but is coloured
by history, culture, and context.
Launched on 5 November 2014 at the Centre for Theology & Ministry in
Melbourne by Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice-chancellor of the
University of Divinity, Social Justice and the Churches gathers the
papers delivered at a conference on 8-9 November 2013 at Newman College,
Parkville, convened by the Yarra Institute for Religion & Social
The prominent Jesuit human rights advocate, Professor Frank Brennan,
opened the conference with his keynote address, and the following day in
response to Fr Brennan, seven speakers spoke of their own traditions of
The book includes contributions by Major Jenny Begent (Salvation Army),
Fr Max Vodola (Roman Catholic), Revd Gerard Rose (Churches of Christ),
Revd Geoff Pound (Baptist), Revd Raymond Cleary (Anglican), Dr Mark
Zirnsak (Uniting Church), and Fr Shenouda Boutros (Coptic Orthodox
Church). Margaret Coffey from ABC Radio National also offered her
reflections in response to the presentations
Order copies of Social Justice and the Churches.
Read Professor Peter Sherlock’s launch address.
Read Dr John D’Arcy May’s response.