Yarra Institute For Religion And Social Policy



The Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy is an independent, ecumenical organisation established to conduct research into the implications of Christian social thinking for formulating public policy in Australia, and to teach Christian social thinking and its implications for public policy in Australia. In pursuit of its mission the YIRSP explores how the social values embedded in the Scriptures can shed light on how to tackle current challenges to human wellbeing, including; -issues of global poverty and hunger, -indigenous issues, -violence and peacemaking, -sustaining the environment, and -refugees and asylum seeker. The Yarra Institute works collaboratively with other organisations to shed light on problems facing us, and particularly through its research and publications to suggest better ways of doing things. As well as commissioning research, we develop and teach courses on the Christian social traditions and how they bear on contemporary social and economic issues. We also foster more vigorous conversation among the various Christian traditions about their engagements with social issues. And we endeavour to broaden this conversation with people from other philosophical and religious traditions about enhancing human wellbeing for everyone on our planet.


  • Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy pod cast 1


    Welcome to the inaugural podcast from the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy. This is the first of a series of lectures on key themes on Religion and social policy by distinguished lecturers.Click HERE to listen to the podcastPlease click HERE to subscribe in an RSS reader and HERE to subscribe in I tunes.

  • God and the Natural Sciences


    On 23 June 2010 Steven Ames presented the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy with a constructive conversation on the topic of God and the Natural Science with special comments on Atheist Convention. Click HERE to download a transcript of his talk. Click HERE to listen to a podcast of the event