CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND INTEGRAL MISSION: Social change or holistic transformation?

CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND INTEGRAL MISSION: Social change or holistic transformation?

March 2009

The weekend of 13 to 15 March 2009, 44 people (27 men and 17 women) from different regions of Argentina and a representative from Uruguay met in the Kairos Centre for a conference organised jointly with the Micah Network. The theme was “Social change or holistic transformation?”

Nineteen churches and four organisations were represented; they came from different cities throughout the country: Salta, San Salvador de Jujuy, La Mendieta (Jujuy), Córdoba, Despeñadero, Villa María, Bell Ville, Paraná, Entre Ríos, Trevelin (Chubut), Neuquén, Buenos Aires (the capital), Pacheco, Villa Domínico, Maschwitz, Floresta, Vicente López as well as the city of Rivera, Uruguay.

 

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A Biblical Basis for Social Justice

A Biblical Basis for Social Justice

This is an abbreviated version of a paper originally prepared by a task force commissioned to research this issue for SIM in 2010

SIM Justice Task Force:
Bulus Galadima, Nigeria
Tim Geysbeek, USA
Fiona Hahn, Scotland
Apolos Landa, Peru
Diane Marshall, Australia Yvonne Mildred, England Benjamin Pillay, South Africa Roger Seth, USA & India

With added input from:
Steve Strauss & Tabitha Plueddemann

Edited by Yvonne Mildred and Fiona Hahn for the Micah Network Triennial Consultation 2012

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HIV/AIDS, the Biblical Mandate and Social Action

HIV/AIDS, the Biblical Mandate and Social Action

By Ediomo-Ubong Nelson
2007

The concept of social justice refers to “fairness in the distribution of society’s benefits and burdens”. In recent history, few phenomena have highlighted the nature of injustice in the human society like HIV/AIDS. The different dimensions of the epidemic reveal the fissures of inequities and injustices in the organization of society at all levels. For example, gender disparity in the distribution of the disease burden is now common knowledge. Sexual intercourse is the most dominant mode of transmission of the disease and women are at greater risk of infection with HIV through sex.

What are the roles of the church in this process? Are we to view the epidemic as a challenge or an opportunity? What is the rationale for a Christian action to stem the impact of HIV/AIDS in our society? Is there a biblical mandate for the church to act in times like these? If there is, what have we done with it? In what ways are we actively engaging with the problem of HIV/AIDS in our domains? These questions should constantly exercise our minds as we consider integral mission and the place of the church.

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Biblical Teaching on Social Justice

Biblical Teaching on Social Justice

by Manaval Reuben 

Justice is at the very heart of the Christian faith, even though this fact is yet to be understood by many Christians. Christians as light and salt to the world have a role in social justice for bringing the needed transformation. In order to understand what Bible teaches about justice, it is necessary to set the term in the context of relationships. Social justice is relation between individuals, communities, nations and the poor. The problem of social justice today is that some people are radically dependent on and controlled by others, as a result they are not free and do not have the right to self determination. Some people are denied the right to participate fully in public life; as a result they do not have the opportunity to fight for their rights. Some people live in indigent poverty, as a result while the rich have more than enough to satisfy their wants the poor do not have sufficient to satisfy their basic needs. This paper examines what social justice is and how it is dealt with Biblical perspective.  Read the paper
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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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