Putting Welfare and Faith Together in The Salvation Army (Southern Territory - Australia)
Australian Association for Mission Studies
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science / Social Justice Research Centre
This paper is based on ten case-studies of integration in van'ous places in Australia undertaken in 2002. It examines the van'ety of underlying conceptions of the relationship between welfare and religion as well as some sociological issues which arise in the attempts to integrate welfare and religion among different groups of welfare recipients including people seeking assistance in relation to unemployment and drug rehabifitation. The attempts to better integrate welfare work and congregational activities reflect a dissatisfaction with the functional subsystems of expertise that have arisen over the past century and more and also with a personal notion of religion that does not extend into social domains. The Salvation Army is well known for its social welfare programmes. In Australia it is one of the largest welfare organisations with huge enterprises in the area of unemployment, drug rehabifitation, material welfare for the very poorest in Australian society, accommodation for the homeless, response to critical incidents and in many other areas.