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Center for Public Justice [US] and Committee for Justice and Liberty Foundation [Canada] Collection

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Center for Public Justice [US] and Committee for Justice and Liberty Foundation [Canada] Collection, 1965-1987 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Center for Public Justice [US] and Committee for Justice and Liberty Foundation [Canada] Collection, 1965-1987

ID: COLL/210

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Center for Public Justice and Committee for Justice and Liberty Foundation are organizations dedicated to propagating biblical principles in Christian communal action in society, especially in the political sphere. The collection includes materials from Christian Action Foundation (CAF), National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), Justice for All, Citizens for Public Justice, Committee for Justice and Liberty, and Center for Public Justice in the form of constitutions, addresses, correspondence, proposals, and newsletters.

Collection Historical Note

CPJ (1977-Present)

The Center for Public Justice (CPJ) developed out of the Association for Public Justice (APJ) and the APJ Education Fund with a purpose to serve God, advance justice and transform public life. The organization first started with people in Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan, but in the 1980s, the organization grew and opened a Washington D.C. office. In the 1990s, CPJ spreads internationally, with the Center’s president, James Skillen, visiting with European officials and the Center co-hosting the international conference at Emory University. In 2007, CPJ even began to publish its own periodical called Root & Branch. In 2009 president, Skillen retired and Dr. Gideon Strauss became CPJ’s new president.

CPL (1962-Present)

The CPL started with a small group of Christians in Alberta, Canada first starting the Christian Action Foundation in 1962. In 1971, the Christian Action Foundation and Committee for Justice and Liberty (CPL) of Ontario merged under the name of CPL.      In the 1970s, the CJL became more nationally involved, holding political conventions and appearing before the National Energy Board. Throughout the decades, the CPL approached many different topics such as abortion, refugees and immigration, child poverty, and environmental issues.


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Series 1
Box 1
Folder 1: Christian Action Foundation Constitution --- 1969
Folder 2: Christian Action Foundation Newsletters --- 1969
Folder 3: Statement on Selective Conscientious Objection, by Bernard Zylstra --- [1969?]
Folder 4: Back-up documents --- 1965-1967
Folder 5: National Association for Christian Political Action Constitution --- undated
Folder 6: National Association for Christian Political Action correspondence and clippings --- 1968-1976
Folder 7: National Association for Christian Political Action Conference Addresses --- 1970-1971
Folder 8: National Association for Christian Political Action Newsletter-The NACPA Politikon, vol 1 no 1 Feb 1971-vol 4 no 6 March/April 1975 [HERH JA3 .P64]
Folder 9: The Kuyper Lecture, by James W. Skillen --- undated
Folder 10: The Second International Christian Political Conference Speakers' Manual --- 1978
Folder 11: Justice for All: The Basis and Vision of the Association for Public Justice --- undated
Folder 12: Justice for Representation: A Proposal for Revitalizing our System of Political Participation --- 1979
Folder 13: Committee for Justice and Liberty - Newsletter --- April 1972-Winter 1978
Folder 14: Committee for Justice and Liberty - Progress Report --- Nov 1979-June 1982
Folder 15: Committee for Justice and Liberty Correspondence --- 1978, 1982, 1986, 1987
Folder 16: Citizens for Public Justice survey --- undated
Folder 17: CJL "Towards Justice and Liberty;" annual meeting --- March1976; 1978
Folder 18: Do Christians have a political future? by Bernard Zylstra; Economic Life: A Confession, by Bob Goudzwaard --- undated
Folder 19: CJL, NACPA, APJ - miscellaneous periodicals --- 1972-1981
Box 2
Folder 1
Item 1: Christian Action Foundation: Paper: "Freedom to Work"
Item 2: Christian Action Foundation: Paper: "Save Our Sunday"
Item 3: Christian Action Foundation: Paper: "Marriage and Divorce"
Item 4: Christian Action Foundation: Paper: "Calvinism and the Contemporary Crisis in the Church" by B. J. Haan
Folder 2
Item 1: Christian Action Foundation, address: "Christian Action and Sphere Sovereignty" by John C. Vander Stelt --- 1970
Item 2: Christian Action Foundation, address: "Christian Action --- 1970
Item 3: Christian Action Foundation, address: "Let My People Go" by E. L. Heben Taylor --- 1970
Item 4: Christian Action Foundation, address: "Pro Rege" by John B. Hulst --- 1970
Item 5: Christian Action Foundation, address: "Christian Action and the Church" by Bernard J. Haan --- 1970
Folder 3
Item 1: National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), address:"The Crisis in American Politics" by Paul Schrotenboer --- 1970
Item 2: National Association for Christian Political Action (NACPA), address:"Christ's Coronation in Politics: The Vision" by John Van Dyk --- 1970
Folder 4
Item 1: NACPA: Address: "The Foolishness of a Christian Political Movement: does it make sense? From a Practical Point of View" by John Van Dyk --- 1971
Item 2: NACPA: Address: "The Foolishness of a Christian Political Movement: Does it make sense? From a Principle Point of View" by Gordon Spykman --- 1971
Item 3: NACPA: Address: "The Conflict of Spirits in America: Its Spiritual and Political Implications" by Rockne McCarthy --- 1971

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