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Reclaiming Welfare for Mission: Choices for Churches

Cleary, Ray (2012) Reclaiming Welfare for Mission: Choices for Churches. Barton Books, Canberra. 180pp. ISBN 9781921577123

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Abstract

The Christian Church has a long tradition of community hospitality and social engagement with the delivery of a range of services in the fields of welfare and education. It has provided sanctuary and been a strong advocate for justice and a fairer distribution of the world’s resources. For much of Australia’s history the Church’s participation in everyday living was welcomed and even applauded. By way of stark contrast, the contemporary Church’s voice is ridiculed if not rejected by a society critical of a perceived lack of integrity, transparency and indifference to internal misconduct. Concurrently, Church welfare agencies are serving more and more disadvantaged people in need of compassion and hope. While many have benefitted from this expanding role there is an implicit danger for faith-based welfare agencies that the Church’s commitment to the gospel will be marginalised by the political aspirations and secular agendas associated with meeting dire human need. This challenging book calls the Church and its agencies to reclaim their shared mission by listening to the poor and caring for disadvantaged as a vivid expression of Christ’s vision for a renewed world.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Church, Social problems, Church welfare agencies, Public welfare
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subject Area(s): C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 11:11
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 15:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1420

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