Our Voices Raised

Our Voices Raised

Prayer is a vital part in our efforts to see change in the world. Through prayer, we place our faith in the unfailing character of God, who is full of justice and grace.

  • Prayer brings our hearts closer to the heart of God, especially as it concerns the impoverished. God’s grace inspires us to strive for justice when we pray.
  • Prayer sustains us as we seek to overcome the injustice of the world that is sometimes so big it paralyzes us.
  • Prayer empowers us to be agents of social change.
  • Prayer reminds us that real people, beloved children of God, are behind every staggering statistic.
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Resilience in the Pursuit of Justice: Practices and Reflections

Resilience in the Pursuit of Justice: Practices and Reflections

by Eva Marie F. Famador

In October 2000 a corruption scandal erupted with President Joseph Estrada allegedly accepted millions of dollars worth of bribes. Impeachment was filed but several senators blocked the admission of evidence. Protests built up and Estrada was ousted on Jan. 20, 2001. That phase of Philippine history paved the birthing of movements and initiatives seeking transparency and accountability in governance and one of these was Christian Convergence for Good Governance. Read report
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Discussion on “Proclamation”

Discussion on “Proclamation”

By Chris Sugden
2011

For all the emphasis and investment by the church on development and justice, the development of communities of Christian faith is seen as neither a result nor an expression of Christian action for development and justice. The establishment
and growth of a Christian community is not seen as central to bringing about development or justice. Rather the church is regularly subverted and neutered by the development movement and sometimes Christians collude in this.
 
Some Christians accept partnership and involvement on the basis of value-based development. But values do not exist in isolation in the abstract. They inhere in people, actions and relationships. They need to be grounded in the truth about
humanity and the world. For Christian faith this truth is not abstract. It is found in a person in history, Jesus, in a relationship with him, and in belief in his active involvement in the world through his Spirit.

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Global Call to Action – Stand with Us

Global Call to Action - Stand with Us

18 May 2013

EXPOSED is a global call to take action against corruption; including bribery, secret deals and abuse of public infl uence – which impacts poorest people the most.
There are practical steps we can all take to promote ethical behaviour in our lives, church, business, government and society.We can be the change we want to see by being advocates of justice and transformation in the nations we are called to serve.

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Theology for a just and sustainable economy – Spanish version – Peru 2015

Theology for a just and sustainable economy - Spanish version - Peru 2015

Teología para una economía justa y sostenible – Documento de síntesis para el Foro Teológico, 22 de enero de 2015 El Equipo de Incidencia de Tearfund cuenta con una visión de un sistema económico que traiga como resultado plenitud e integridad. Una economía justa y sostenible, en la cual las personas y comunidades prosperen, tanto física como espiritualmente. Este tipo de sistema económico beneficia a todas las personas y opera dentro de los límites naturales del planeta. Read paper
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Worship and Justice: Spirituality that Embodies and Mobilizes for Justice

Worship and Justice: Spirituality that Embodies and Mobilizes for Justice

by Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Christian worship is the communal gathering of God’s people in which we glorify God for His person and actions. This encounter with God includes gathering together, encountering the triune God in the word and sacrament, and sending the community out into the world as agents of His love and justice. This paper is meant to highlight the importance of worship in forming people who walk humbly with God, love mercy, and do justice.

Worship is formative, so we must ask, “What are we forming?” What we include or exclude from our worship practices in preaching, prayer, music, and arts informs our theology and our embodied faith. I examine the importance of spirituality that embodies and mobilizes for justice, the challenges in breaking people free from idolatry in worship, and the implications on the church and its role in the world. I rely on case studies from local congregations, denominations, and organizations for both illustration and to help suggest some best practices for those seeking to build bridges at the intersection of worship and justice.

There are churches that make worship a priority, and yet the worship doesn’t result in transformed disciples with increased compassion and love for neighbor. What does it look like for us to develop practices of worship that mobilize our communities towards justice and to model just practices in our worship? While there are some dialogues on contextualized worship and or multicultural worship, they often employ approaches that model little more than tokenism and appropriation. I start by exploring the theological intersection of worship and justice and then move to worship and formation.

The strategies I propose are rooted in worship that embodies hospitality, solidarity and mutuality. I conclude by reimagining a worship that does more than entertain us. 

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Keynote address Justice Steve Bradbury

Keynote address Justice Steve Bradbury

Chris Marshall, a New Zealand New Testament scholar, was a keynote speaker at the TEAR Australia National Conference in 2002. At the beginning of his first address he commented: “I would not have thought it possible to come to a conference organised by evangelical Christians on the theme of Biblical Justice and see 400 people, mostly young adults, gathered together. I am enormously encouraged.” Read Report
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Intro Justice just as God requires

Intro Justice just as God requires

A journey of justice In the aid and development field the rights-based approach became the current dominant practice from about the end of the 1990s. As a Christian social development practitioner, this caused me much thought and questioning; how right were rights. Traditionally Christians do not talk about rights. The common perception is that any rights imply personal rights and we are certainly schooled to give up our own rights, to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily to follow Jesus [Luke 9:23]. We are not very aware about our role in seeking the rights of others, of pursuing justice for others. Incredibly, we are not even very familiar with our God of justice. Read Report
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God of Love and Justice

God of Love and Justice

Rene Padilla - April 1999

According to Scripture, the God of Israel, the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, has revealed himself as the God of love and justice. As the psalmist, addressing God, acknowledges: "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you" (Ps 89:14). Herein lies the ultimate basis for theology and ethics as well as for the life and mission of the Church. If love and justice are united in God, it is only to be expected that they also be united in the people who regard themselves as  children of God. Read Report
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