Social Justice (2005)

July 12, 2005 - July 14, 2005

Social Justice
12th – 14th July, 2005 (Edinburgh)


The pursuit of social justice forms a significant area of concern and debate among practitioners of Practical Theology and the conference sets out to explore aspects of this debate and intends to include some opportunities to encounter projects being undertaken in the locality.

The Principal Contributors

The Revd. Inderjit Boghal lives in Sheffield, where he formerly worked as Director of the Urban Theology Unit. He is a Methodist Minister, and was President of the Methodist Conference in 2000. Currently he is working with Christian Aid as a Theologian.

Dr. Malcolm Brown is Principal of the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course within the Cambridge Theological Federation. His main interest is in the connections between theology, economics and pastoral practice, and he has worked in Industrial Mission and for the William Temple Foundation in Manchester. His recent book, After the Market: Economics, Moral Agreement and the Churches’ Mission (Peter Lang, 2004) seeks to develop a theological critique of market institutions in ways which can inform practice. He is currently working on a paper contrasting urban and rural theology with dominant suburban models of the church, and (with Paul Ballard) on a “reader” on the churches and economic life.

Dr. Helen Costigane teaches Canon Law and Business ethics at Heythrop College, having earlier trained as an accountant. She is a visiting lecturer at Charles University in Prague and Moderator of the church life Liaison Group for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Between 1998 and 2003 she was a member of the Central Religious Advisory Council. She has been a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus since 1987.

Professor Will Storrar spent eight years in parish ministry in Scotland before becoming a university teacher. His three main areas of current research are public theology and political ethics; ministry and mission studies; and theory and method in the discipline of Practical Theology. He is Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.