Launch of Centre for Theology and Justice
The Centre for Theology and Justice was launched on 10 May 2017 at Luther King House in Manchester.
‘We are all on a journey with God towards a vision of God’s kingdom of justice, of shalom. The Centre for Theology and Justice seeks to respond to the questions we encounter on that journey. We do not journey alone, we journey together, sharing ideas, resources and engaging in theological reflection’, said Clare McBeath, co-principal of Northern Baptist College, introducing the centre to a packed chapel at Luther King House.
The centre is the culmination of various collaborations between Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Luther King House over recent years. The Centre is a space and an opportunity for sharing reflections, resources and actions.
Representatives of those organisations symbolically signed a partnership agreement for the Centre as part of the launch. The Centre is also looking to welcome associate partners to extend the network.
Following the formal launch of the Centre, Father Augusto Zampini gave the first David Goodbourn lecture Is justice enough? A radical Christian response to the current humanitarian and ecological crisis. The lecture was chaired by the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker (pictured top left with Father Augusto Zampini).
Those present were challenged not to start a discussion on justice with theory but begin with the real experiences of injustice. While we discuss the nature of a just society people are starving, said Father Augusto, paraphrasing Amartya Sen.
You can watch the whole of the lecture below:
An extended version of this article by Simon Oxley was published by Independent Catholic News on 12 May 2017.