Source: (1996) Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.
In this presentation made to a Restorative Justice Conference in Fresno, CA, the author observes that the influence of the Church on the larger society is declining in most European and North American countries. In response he asks what the role of the Church is in modern society and what the theological basis is for its role. He considers three chief aspects of the Church’s role: witness to God’s love and power; voice calling society to peace, justice, and compassion; and agent to work for the welfare of all in society. He relates these three aspects to the Church’s activity in advocating for restorative justice.
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