|Zadok : About Zadok|
The Zadok Institute for Christianity and Society is an independent Christian organisation whose mission is to promote informed theological reflection, especially by lay people, on contemporary issues in Australian society, and to bring Christian perspectives into public debate.
Founded in 1976, the Institute has brought an applied Christian spirituality and understanding into Australian personal, professional and public life for more than 30 years.
Its origins lay in the context of rapid change, both international and national, and in the vision of Christian lay people who perceived the need for a national study centre. This centre would provide study facilities and resources for Christians and the churches, to enable them to apply the scripture in practical ways to the broad scope of contemporary life, and further, to nurture a Christian presence in the Australian public arenas. Zadok was a priest in Old Testament times who had a key political role in the time of King David. As a model of political skill and persistent faithfulness to God, Zadok was thought an appropriate namesake for the national study centre.
Zadok is now an Australia-wide network of hundreds of Christians who are committed to applying faith to everyday life. Our approach is biblically grounded and radical. Our organisation is autonomous and is funded solely by members and subscribers, and is wholly dependent on them for its finances and resources. The Institute is guided by a Board, elected from the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
Zadok's main publication is the quarterly journal Zadok Perspectives. In addition around 6-8 individual papers are published each year that explore and debate issues in more depth. The publications include articles, books and papers on Christianity and the workplace, economics, Australian culture, welfare, ethics, multiculturalism, the family, lay ministry, the arts, Aboriginal issues and much more. A catalogue is available providing a full list of the publications which may be ordered from the Zadok Office in Melbourne. Alternatively, the search facility on this site can be used to locate published material on specified topics.
Other Zadok activities include a yearly conference and other events.
In 2010, Zadok, in partnership with the Australian Evangelical Alliance’s Department of Public Theology, launched Ethos, a network of outstanding Christian thinkers and activists drawn together into a series of standing think-tanks. For further information about Ethos, see the Ethos web site at www.ethos.org.au.
Members of the Zadok Board are elected for a three year term. The Board currently comprises the following:
The Editorial Board is responsible for all Zadok publications. Current members are:Gordon Preece Commissioning Editor
Janet Down Coordinating Editor
Mick Pope Reviews Editor
Elizabeth Lewis Poetry Editor
Editorial correspondence should be directed to Gordon Preece at email@example.com.