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But is it fair?

Faith Communities and Social JusticeEdited by Neil Darragh

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This is a hope-filled book. It gives encouragement and ideas for action in the struggle to reduce inequality in society. In this book, 31 people tell the stories of faith communities that promote fairness in New Zealand.

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But is it Fair? Faith Communities & Social Justice
Edited by Neil Darragh

This is a hope-filled book. It gives encouragement and ideas for action in the struggle to reduce inequality in society.

Today economic inequality threatens the welfare of many New Zealanders. Some suffer from poverty, unemployment, and inadequate housing. Others struggle to cope with the effects of migration, imprisonment, racism, and sexism.

This is a particular challenge for faith communities – communities of people who are brought together by a shared religious or spiritual faith. Many of these communities have a commitment to greater fairness in society as part of their founding vision.

How can they face the challenge of supporting people in need? What is fair and where to start? In this book, 31 people tell the stories of faith communities that promote fairness in New Zealand.

Chapters

Prologue
1. Fairness and faith communities: setting the scene – Neil Darragh

Sources and Traditions
2. Justice stories from the Hebrew Exile to 1920s New Zealand – Keith Stuart
3. Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God – Alice M Sinnott
4. The justice of God’s Kingdom – Ren Kempthorne
5. “That there may be fairness”: Paul’s vision for social justice (2 Cor 8:13-14) – Mark
Keown
6. The Book of Revelation – A call to ‘consistent resistance’ – Kathleen Rushton
7. How Muslims view fairness in New Zealand – Najibullah Lafraie
8. Seeking justice and truth in the cause of fairness: in the Dominican spirit – Helen Bergin
9. A fair go for students – Vincent Hunt
10. Songs for justice – Colin Gibson
11. The Treaty relationship and grounds for fairness – Susan Healy

Existing Faith Communities Working for Fairness
12. Welcome home: the plight of international students studying in Auckland – Angelika and
Philip Halstead
13. Imprisoned and out of sight: Are we blind to the human need of women in prison? – Mary
Thorne
14. Contemplative prayer that kindles justice – Mike Noonan
15. Talking Cents: An ecumenical journey – Jean Brookes
16. Jumping into justice: Using our community capacity – Diana Atkinson
17. Ecological justice: A vision for the local church (and the story of a local journey begun) –
Peter Stuart
18. Environmental and social fairness in everyday life: The Sustainability Challenge – Mary
Betz

Groups Struggling for Fairness
19. Tuahiwi: A story of resilience and regeneration – Gabrielle Huria
20. Challenge 2000 for youth on society’s margins – Cecily McNeill
21. Voice of the voiceless: justice for people of the land – Robyn McPhail
22. God’s dwelling has many rooms: Fairness for gays and lesbians in New Zealand’s
Anglican Church – Glynn Cardy
23. Listen, love, respect! Justice for same-sex couples – Trish McBride
Shelter and Housing
24. Houses, homes and hope: The work of Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand – Alan
Thorp
25. From nowhere to somewhere: A combined response to shelter homeless women in
Wellington – Elizabeth Julian
26. My people will abide in secure dwellings: Shelter for all – Anne Hurley
27. There is no room for them at the inn or at the rich man’s table: Inadequate housing and
homelessness in New Zealand today – Susan Smith

Schools and the Next Generation
28. Chance or love: Service in a Roman Catholic school – Daniel J. Stollenwerk
29. From “It’s not fair” to “Is it fair?” – education and social justice in a Catholic primary
school – Anna Zsigovits-Mace
30. Making the world a fairer place: Conversations with children – Anne Kennedy
31. Catholic Social Teaching in the school setting – Lyn Smith

Epilogue

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