Many of our members have long been involved in debates about social and economic policies, as evidenced in publications listed elsewhere. However, the precise agenda issues for SPC will be determined as we engage with a wide membership, and draw especially on the skills and expertise of members.
Earlier in 2010, SPC’s Board of Directors consulted with its membership to prioritise four main areas of concern:
Immigration & Refugee Policy
Responses to Climate Change
Australia’s Overseas Aid & Millennium Development Goals
Australia’s Indigenous Issues
While these four issues are at the core of our commitment to social justice, SPC will continue to engage with disarmament, as well as with economic and other political issues.
We will prioritise our efforts in accordance with opportunities available to us, with the urgency of issues, and with the limits of our resources. We invite the collaboration of concerned individuals and groups.
If SPC were simply an advocacy organisation, it could identify one or two areas of special concern and concentrate its efforts there. SPC endeavours, however, to achieve several other things :
- to develop a constituency of opinion informed fully by the context of Christian social values
- to encourage wide conversation about the moral dimensions of social policy
- to encourage close connections between the various Christian and other social traditions
- to provide new forums for debate on social matters, and to encourage people to join in public media discussions, including through the SPC website
- to help form public opinion
- and to support research in key areas, especially though the Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy
SPC endeavours to avoid duplicating the activities of other groups, but tries to augment the work of others by drawing critically from the resources and scholarship of our Christian social traditions, and joining the civic conversation about improving human wellbeing.