For over 20 years, Richard was a public servant working as a forester in forest policy and management. He spent three years in Nepal as a missionary and was a part of the extraordinarily successful reforestation program there. Richard is now working with his wife, Glenys, providing administration support for small organisations including ISCAST. He has a strong interest in Christian contributions to social issues, particularly conservation.
Description: When it comes to Christians being involved in public issues (climate change, conservation, public transport, whatever) we usually think only of the prophetic voice (“Thus saith the Lord …”). I argue that there are other voices that Christians can, are and should be using: those of kings, priests and wise counsellors as a fuller contribution of Christians to society and to better act as “salt, light and leaven” (Matt 5) and priests (1 Pet 2:9). I will briefly explore the features of each role and attempt to provide a more balanced perspective on how we as Christians can contribute to society flourishing.