2 May 2017: Connecting faith and action - new Centre for Theology and Justice

A new Centre is being launched to help Christians explore questions about justice and how we understand and live out our faith in today’s world.

The Centre for Theology and Justice will be launched on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Luther King House in Manchester. It is a joint project of Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and Luther King House.

The launch will be held at the inaugural lecture in memory of ecumenical educator and leader David Goodbourn. Father Augusto Zampini, an Argentine Roman Catholic priest and theological adviser to CAFOD, will speak on the topic 'Is justice enough? A radical Christian response to the current humanitarian and ecological crisis'. David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, will chair the event.

Bob Fyffe, General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, commented: "We are faced with many challenging issues which raise questions about justice and how we understand and live out our faith in today’s world. The Centre for Theology and Justice will enable more Christians to reflect theologically on these issues, and make a public, prophetic voice heard."

The Centre for Theology and Justice will share resources and news of its work at www.theologyjustice.org

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Notes for editors

  • For photos and recordings of the launch event and lecture, contact Simon Oxley: theologyjustice@gmail.com

  • Through resources, events, forums, workshops and research, the Centre for Theology and Justice aims to:

  • Encourage, support and make available the results of theological reflection on current issues of justice.
  • Map, connect and explore what it means to work for justice.
  • Address complex issues by careful research and engagement.
  • Enable a public and prophetic voice to be heard on issues of justice.
  • We will want to draw on theological reflection already being done on such concerns as migration and the refugee crisis, and seek to respond to other important areas of social justice. In doing so, we hope to resource people to engage with issues in their own local contexts.

  • 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 collaborative events and processes which promote active theological reflection on issues of justice.

  • The Centre is a joint initiative of Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Luther King House, Manchester.  We welcome Associate Partners, the first of which is the Student Christian Movement.

  • Father Augusto Zampini is an Argentine Roman Catholic priest, currently the theological adviser to the UK aid-development agency CAFOD and an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He has been lecturing on theology, Christian ethics and human rights since 2004.

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