Communities at Risk
How can we have a more holistic understanding of the hopes and needs of those in our communities? This stream will highlight lessons from serving members of our communities and the resilience that can be found in their stories. It brings together a diverse set of practitioners who have worked with issues facing children and youth, the elderly, migrant workers, the homeless, and people with disabilities in Singapore, with insights relevant for the region.
Human Trafficking & Migration
Humans have been moving across borders since biblical times, but this movement can often cause people to become vulnerable. In Asia, many are vulnerable to human trafficking, forced migration, or face discrimination as migrants or foreigners. How can Christians build communities that recognise the dignity and value of the vulnerable, seek justice for the oppressed, and restore lives?
In the biblical vision of shalom, the earth is restored and not destroyed. Christians are developing a better theological understanding of our relationship with the planet. This stream will develop a biblical basis for creation care, explore the roots of environmental destruction, suggest how we can be involved in restorative justice, and bring creation care into a more mainstream understanding of the gospel.
Justice & the Gospel
Churches often see social justice as something separate from the gospel - something good, but not necessary. At the same time, there is a hunger for deeper engagement with justice issues in churches. This stream will develop a theology of justice and discuss how church leaders and members can build justice-centred communities.