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"Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them. Liberation is like a childbirth, and a painful one. The person who emerges is a new person: no longer either oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom."

Paulo Freire
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Rev John Bottomley, a board member of the Yarra Institute, has also written or co-written two theological research reports for the Creative Ministries Network on two important issues for Australian churches.

Trust at work: how UnitingCare agency businesses serve God's mission (2013) provides three case studies from agencies in Vic-Tas. on the business practices that underpin their community services ministry.  The report offers a theological reflection on the importance of trust at Board and staff levels for staff creativity and wellbeing, organisational integrity, and dignity for client services. Government funding has a significant impact on how trust may be exercised.




On the way together: the Uniting Church's 40 years in the wilderness (2014), examines National Church Life Survey data on church attenders’ attitudes to their paid employment.  The weak relationship between work and faith is identified across Australian churches as a significant factor in membership decline.  Uniting Church data is compared with other churches, and finds little difference.  Churches have largely ignored their members’ Christian formation as disciples at work.

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