Justice and Faith:
Individual Spirituality and Social Responsibility in the Christian Reformed Church of Canada
In 2013, the Christian
Reformed Church (CRC), in partnership with Centre for Philosophy, Religion and
Social Ethics (CPRSE) at the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), and the
Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR), conducted the Justice and Faith Pilot
Project. The pilot project provided
valuable insights about key themes in CRC people’s understanding of justice and
faith, enablers and barriers to further engagement in doing justice, and
strategies to mobilize CRC people to do justice.
The current Justice
and Faith project builds on the work and insights of the pilot project. This two-year project (July 2013-June 2015) is funded
by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Partnership Development Grant and by grants from the Office of Social Justice, World Renew and Canadian
Ministries. This project continues the partnership
between the CRC, CPRSE, and CCBR.
The purpose of this project is to more fully understand the relationship between justice and faith in the CRC and to mobilize CRC people to embrace justice as an integral aspect of Christian faith and life.
As part of the knowledge and community mobilization efforts, the partnership collaborated with the theatre company MT Space to create a theatre production based on Year 1 research findings. The first full production was held in Toronto in March and an article about the play and CRC members' experiences can be found here. Church groups across the country will be using the script in order to present the play across Canada. To learn more about these upcoming events, please go to the "Get Involved" page on the CRC website.
For more information on this project and the knowledge mobilization phase of this project, please visit the ICS webpage.