Connecting Faith and Action
The Centre is a collaborative initiative to encourage, support and make available the results of theological reflection on current issues of justice. The need for theological reflection has been raised acutely by the refugee crisis and there are many other pressing areas of social justice which demand our attention. We will draw on the theological reflection and contextual theology already being done; linking to action and underpinned by a commitment to justice. We will consider what else needs to be done and how that can be achieved. We will work to resource the grassroots to engage in their own contexts.
The Centre is a joint initiative of Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and Luther King House, Manchester.
What does the Centre do?
• Provide a series of lectures (building on the Luther King House Open Lecture series) aimed at developing the capacity of Churches to reflect theologically on issues of justice, including the annual David Goodbourn lecture.
• Build a network of speakers who can advocate on issues of justice.
• Run workshops, research days, theme weeks and conferences on issues of justice.
• Propose, sponsor and oversee research projects on specific issues.
• Contribute to various partners’ specific projects when appropriate.
• Gather and share grassroots stories.
• Contribute resources to churches in the area of justice, spirituality and liturgy.
• Offer placements through partners for internships.
• Inform and enrich theologically the work of all of the partners.
The Centre is a network of partner bodies and collaborators rather than a physical location. It finds expression on its website and social media, and in events and processes which promote theological reflection on issues of justice.
The Vision of the Centre:
To be a Christian community committed to sharing a prophetic voice arising from a deep concern for theology and justice.
The Aims of the Centre:
• To enable theological reflection on issues of justice.
• To map, connect and explore what it means to work for justice.
• To identify the gaps and address these.
• To name reality and to ask the difficult questions.
• To enable a stronger prophetic voice on issues of justice within the public sphere.
How the Centre works
We will adopt different methodologies as appropriate. A partner may enable the Centre to become involved in their own programme of work. A piece of work may have a lead partner but others are actively involved in planning and delivery. A piece of work may be shared.
Partners of the Centre:
The Core Partners of the Centre are Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and Luther King House, Manchester. Other organisations can become Associate Partners of the Centre and undertake specific or collaborate in pieces of work under the name of the Centre for Theology and Justice.