The ACC&C strives to make a positive contribution to the intellectual life of Australia through a growing band of scholars associated with the Centre. We are creating a 'think tank' of public intellectuals to encourage the Churches' engagement with the public issues of the day.
Professor Frank Brennan SJ AO (laws, ethics and theology) is an ACC&C Research Professor; Dr Brendan Long (economics and religion) a Senior Research Fellow. Recently Dr Long made a major submission in response to the McClure Report on Welfare.
Other recent professorial appointments are David Tacey (religion, psychology, culture); Paul Oslington (economics and theology); Dr Ros Dalziell (Australian literature and religion); and Dr Jane Foulcher (theology, ageing and spirituality); Dr Raymond Williamson (Ecumenism).
The Centre continues to collaborate closely with scholars in the CSU Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PACT). A high level scholars' consultation was held at the Centre in September 2015. It's purpose was to share current research and develop a strategic plan for future public engagements.
In 2016 the Centre launched a journal on 'Christianity and Culture'. This journal is a joint project of the ACC&C and Australian Theological Forum (ATF Press).