Mission theology is concerned with the participation of the church in God's mission to and in the world. Both theologically and empirically it is impossible to separate the church from mission. Indeed mission is the very life of the Church; and the mission theology of the church has developed in ecumenical discussion over the 20th and 21st centuries.
Kim, K. (2010). Mission Theology of the Church. International Review Of Mission, 99 (1), 39.(viewed 24/0/2013) doi:10.1111/j.1758-6631.2010.00035.x
Mission is our participation in God's existence in the world. The Church exists to be a sacrament of, to be inolved in and to promote God's plan for the world. So in a real sense the church does not have a mission. Mission is the reason for its existence. It is 'the "business" that calls the church forth'. (Bevans, 2005, 49)
In Catholic Australia, (viewed 25 September 2013), http://www.catholicaustralia.com.au/page.php?pg=mission-motherofthechurch04
Use the catalogue to search for books on:
- Church work with the poor
- Social justice [Senior non fiction]
- Social justice [Religious Education resources]
The following books may provide you with some additional information:
- Brownlie, Alison: Charities do they work
- Cassidy, Sheila: Audacity to believe: an autobiography
- Duncan, Bruce: The Church's social teaching: from Rerum Movarum to 1931
- Lynch, Peter: The Church's story: a history of pastoral care and vision
- Singer, Peter: The Life you can save: acting now to end world poverty
Lazarus at our gate: a critical moment in the fight against world poverty: social justice statement 2013-14, 2013, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Mother Teresa (2006), in Women who changed the world: fifty inspirational women who shaped history, Millers Point, Qld., Murdoch Books, pp.126-129.
Web Resources - Catholic Australia
The majority of these links are sourced from Catholic Australia; Mission, social justice and welfare:
- Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. The ACM offers pastoral care and provides a sacramental program which encourages Aboriginal Catholics to experience the full life of the Church in ways that are culturally appropriate and respectful.
- Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference mandates the ACSJC to promote research, education, advocacy and action on social justice, peace and human rights, integrating them deeply into the life of the whole Catholic community in Australia, and providing a credible Catholic voice on these matters in Australian society.
- Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. This is the permanent national assembly of Bishops is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). The Church, through its members, seeks to respond wholeheartedly to Jesus' command to love God and love neighbour. The Catholic Church is a worshipping, Eucharistic community, which carries out its mission to the broader community in a number of key areas including education, health, social justice and social service.
- Catholic Earthcare Australia. The purpose of Catholic Earthcare is to educate, resource and connect small to medium sized, not-for profit organisations across Australia.
- Catholic Mission - Australia. Each year Catholic Mission internationally reaches out to give life and hope to millions of people in 1100 dioceses spanning 125 countries, and offering mission formation opportunities in 160 countries.
- Catholic Social Services Australia. Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is the Catholic Church's peak national body for social services in Australia. Our 61 member organisations provide social services to over a million Australians a year, delivering services in local communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.
- Caritas Australia. For over 110 years, Caritas has worked towards the creation of a just world. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia. A Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, Caritas is Latin for love + compassion – two qualities which are central to our work.
- Edmund Rice Centre. The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking.
- Jesuit Refugee Service. JRS Australia tries to meet the urgent needs of refugees and asylum seekers, focusing in particular on areas where no other agencies are working. JRS supports refugees and asylum seekers in the community with basic needs, such as accommodation, financial assistance, legal and health referrals, English lasses and job search assistance for those with permission to work.
- Marist Youth Care. This is a not-for-profit agency focused on helping young people at risk and their families.
- Mercy Foundation. The Mercy Foundation was established by the North Sydney Sisters of Mercy in 1990. It is an organisation committed to social justice and structural change to create greater social equity and inclusion in the Australian community.
- Palms Australia. Palms Australia started in Sydney in 1956 as the Paulian Association. Groups formed in around 100 communities to identify local issues, reflect on values and take appropriate action to address social inequality and assist people in need. in 1961, the program was extended to communities overseas which request the placement of volunteers to assist develop health, education and other facilities.
- St Vincent de Paul Society Charities. The St Vincent de Paul Society's 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 148 countries and has over 950,000 members.
- Sisters of Charity Foundation. In order to promote, in perpetuity, the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Australia, specifically in the service of the poor, the Congregation has established a perpetual charitable fund, namely the Sisters of Charity Foundation Fund. Its purpose is to promote the mission of the Sisters of Charity, by supporting initiatives of benefit to the community, particularly for people with special needs who receive no support or who are inadequately funded from other sources.
Web resources - Australia
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - Australia
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Council of Social Service
- Australian Human Rights Commission. The vision of the Commission is: 'Human rights: everyone, everywhere, everyday'.
- Australian Catholic University: Institute for Social Justice
- Refugee Council of Australia