What is “The Justice Conference 2017?”

The Justice Conference: ‘not just good, but necessary’

Now in its third year, the Justice Conference in 2017 will explore Jesus’ command to LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR.


We believe that within this short commandment exists the power to transform communities through sacrificial love and the practice of authentic justice. Join us in October as we explore what it really means to love thy neighbour in today’s context.

Melbourne, Australia – Thousands of Australian’s will descend on Melbourne for one of the country’s largest gatherings focused on social justice for a third year from 27 – 28 October 2017.

The Justice Conference, birthed in 2010 by a group of like-minded friends in Bend, Oregon (USA) is an international conference that in 2017 will explore what it really means to ‘love thy neighbour’ in today’s global context.

The Justice Conference was birthed out of a simple idea and a compelling paradox – true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others.

What if Christians truly lived out the message of Jesus and transformed their communities through their love and the practice of authentic justice?

Internationally-renowned speakers, thinkers and leaders Lisa Sharon Harper (US), Evert-Jan Ouweneel (Ned), Melinda Tankard-Reist (Aust), Patricia Ho (HK), Ken Wytsma (US) and CB Samuel (IND) amongst other Australian and international contributors will bring their message of justice and facilitate broad-reaching conversations covering a multitude of topics.

Bought to Australia by international aid agency, TEAR Australia, The Justice Conference has international expressions in Hong Kong, Chicago, Auckland, São Paulo, Amsterdam and Cape Town, with many more to follow in the coming year.


Conference Director, Paul Flavel said The Justice Conference is fast gaining a reputation as a key destination on all aspects of social justice for Australian Christians.

“Now in our third year, we’re delighted to showcase some of Australia’s best voices on social justice alongside a host of renowned communicators from overseas,” said Mr Flavel.

“Through thoughtful, meaningful and courageous conversations we want to stimulate people to act, inspired by God’s powerful movement of justice.

“This year’s theme: love thy neighbour is a commandment that gives the power to transform communities through sacrificial love and the practice of authentic justice. Our hope is this expression pours out in many forms throughout the two days in October and beyond.”


He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”….. Luke 10:25-29


As well as considering the overarching theme of ‘Love thy neighbour’, in 2017, the Justice Conference will continue to underscore the importance of developing a theology of justice – that God’s love should compel love for others and engagement in justice. Join thousands of Christians from diverse backgrounds from across Australia worshipping the Lord and exploring important themes such as:

  • The relationship between justice and mission
  • Gender justice
  • Justice and the Earth
  • Justice in a globalised world
  • Loving our Indigenous neighbours
  • Justice as vocation.

The Justice Conference is presented by TEAR Australia in conjunction with 32 partner organisations and partner churches. To see who we partner with, visit this website:

The conference commences on Friday 27 October at the Melbourne Town Hall and will conclude on Saturday 28 October. Tickets can be purchased from The Justice Conference website: 


One Comment on “The Justice Conference 2017

  1. ‘Live out the message of Jesus’? Most Christians have a restricted understanding of what that message demands of us. Isn’t it all about being good, going to church, and anticipating heaven? That’s like looking at the Gospels through the opposite end of the telescope. Everyone, please read Tom Wright’s book Surprised by Hope.

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