• Rethinking the common good: Theology and the future of welfare

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Manchester (Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS), 2008-10)
      Within the UK, there is widespread talk across the political spectrum of the need for radical reform of welfare provision. After two generations of state provision, the role of the voluntary sector and faith-based organizations in particular is once again a topic for debate. The purpose of this paper is to review the debate about faith-communities as welfare providers; but then, to move to consider what theological models might inform this renewed role for the churches in society, and whether the churches’ theological understanding of their contribution to a welfare state or a welfare society might need to be renewed.