Justice and the Common Good

The ETHOS Public Conference 2017 was held at Trinity Theological College on Saturday, 30 September 2017. The theme was “Justice and the Common Good” with seven seminaries in Singapore partnering together for the conference. There were four speakers from these seminaries covering the biblical framework for justice and three other topics on immigration, ecology, and human rights–all for the “common good.”

(L to R) Dr Richard Goetz (holding microphone), Dr Fong Choon Sam, Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok, Dr Philip Satterthwaite, and Dr Roland Chia


Dr Philip Satterthwaite, principal of the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST), gave the opening session on the “Biblical Perspective of Justice and the Common Good.” This was followed by Dr Fong Choon Sam, Dean of Academic Studies at Baptist Theological Seminary (BTS), addressing the issue of “Justice and Immigration.” Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok, EAST resident faculty who teaches inter-cultural studies, spoke on “Justice and the Ecological Crisis.” Finally, Dr Richard Goetz, a professor of theology at TCA College, gave “A Critical Evaluation Of The Nature, Origin And Basis Of Human Rights In Light Of Individualism, Social Responsibility And The Common Good.”

After each speaker has spoken, the speaker fielded questions from the audience. There were pastoral responses and panel discussions too. Dr Roland Chia was the moderator for the conference.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Winkler.

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