The Social Justice research unit is an activity of the Anglican Community Services Commission (CSC), which is charged by the Church with responsibility for advancing social justice advocacy within the Diocese.
Why is there a Social Justice research unit?
The authority of the CSC for this activity comes from the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, which include the commitments “To seek to transform the unjust structures of society” and “To respond to human need by loving service”.
The Social Justice research unit is integrated within the Anglicare SQ Department of Mission and Social Justice. The department seeks to carry out the intent of the CSC’s current strategic plan, as captured in the following statement:
We will champion social justice through research, advocacy and intervention to benefit members of our community, especially those who are disadvantaged.
How does the Social Justice unit work?
The SJ unit provides research, secretariat and communications support for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland Social Responsibilities Committee (SRC).
The advocacy activity of the SRC is focused in areas where there are 'gaps'. The Committee aims to advocate in areas where others have largely not taken notice, or where a different voice expressing the authentic values and beliefs of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland will add value to the conversation.
The SJ unit also works with the national Anglicare network on specific research projects, such as the National Rent Affordability Snapshot and Being A/Part: A Survey of Young People's Experience of Belonging.
Where can I get more information about the Social Justice research unit’s activities?