The work of justice is hard. It is painful, sacrificial, and often times solitary. It can feel like real tangible progress is a long way off, sustainable change a distant dream. When injustice is our ever-present reality, we could be forgiven for thinking that the future of our justice story is unknown, uncertain, and undefined.

But it's not. Our justice story is God's story, and God is not overwhelmed. He is at work. Every single moment He is moving His creation towards His intended purposes to restore and renew. And because of that our justice journey is not a chasing after the wind. It is purposeful, intentional and prophetic.

The picture our Scriptures give us is that at the end of all things God will make all things new. Yes, All Things New. The messy, complicated, frustrating things. The broken, hopeless, overwhelming things. The things that make us want to quit and give up. They are not lost; they will be restored.

 

Join us 19–20 October 2018 as together we join God in the renewal of all.

 

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推動公義的工作毫不容易,有時很痛苦、很孤單,當中亦有許多犧牲。這工作難以在一朝一夕間得到明顯的進展或可持續的改變。我們四周的現實中仍然存在著許許多多的不公義,這也難怪我們會在這追求公義的路上感到迷惘,覺得前路充滿未知和不確定性。

然而這條路並不絕望,因為我們追求公義的故事就是上帝祂自己的故事,祂不會氣餒。祂所做的,就是每分每秒都在使萬物復和、使萬象更新。因此,我們追求公義,並不是在捕風捉影;追求公義是有意義、有方向、先知性的事情。

按照聖經的記載,神在終末時會使萬象更新。沒錯,萬象都要更新。所有那些混亂、複雜、令人苦惱的事情;那些破碎、絕望、令人感到無力的痛苦;那些令我們想放棄的衝動,通通都會得到更新。更新不是說倏地消失,而是被神修復。

 

2018年10月19–20日,讓我們一起見證上帝更新萬物!
 


The opposite of poverty is community, and the opposite of injustice is love.
— Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference

Speakers


Workshop Streams

In the biblical vision of shalom the earth is restored not destroyed. As global stewards of the world humanity has a responsibility towards this planet. As Christians we are developing a better understanding of how to honour God by respecting the planet and preventing its destruction.

In many parts of the world violence and intolerance towards Christians is on the rise. How should we react and what form should advocacy take? Is it sufficient to sit back and say that persecution brings growth? How can we best support those who suffer?

The expression of biblical justice has largely been communicated through the spoken and written word because it involves complex ideas and issues which require definition and nuance. However situations and issues of injustice can be communicated powerfully through creative and performing arts to engender positive responses towards justice and generate engagement. How do we take this out of the ‘fund raising’ box and elevate it to an arts genre?

The Bible speaks of ‘every tribe tongue and nation’ worshipping God together. In the global village of today, culture and race present significant barriers to understanding and community relationships. We need to confront and deal with the hidden sins of racial prejudice and privilege before true biblical harmony can be restored.

The global migration of refugees has put nations on the defensive and closed many borders. While the common view that refugees are ‘poor economic migrants who take our jobs and benefits’ prevails in many circles, others recognise the economic benefits and entrepreneurial skills which many refugees can bring to society. How can Christians advocate for policies which recognise the dignity and value of ‘foreigners’ and work to change public prejudice against ‘refugees’?

Slavery in Asia is a multimillion industry that devastates millions of lives. The fight to end it requires dedication and perseverance. NGO’s and governments are working on multiple fronts to make it harder for the traffickers to operate with impunity and make it easier to find and prosecute the perpetrators. But what about the victims? How can their dignity be rebuilt, lives restored, and hopes fulfilled?

Much of Christian work for social justice is conducted through NGO’s specifically set up for this purpose. Leadership in small NGO’s is often based on conviction and calling rather than business acumen and skills, due to low funding. How does passion and dedication interact with professionalism and training to produce leadership excellence?

Hong Kong has the biggest rich-poor gap of any developed country and those living below the poverty line struggle to make ends meet even after government intervention. The bare minimum wage is often all that is paid in service industries and is always set based on the economic conditions that prevailed two years previously. Is this economic justice when the prosperity of rich businesses seem to depend on policies designed merely to keep the poor from destitution rather than raising their standard of living?


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