Zambia Province decided in 1988 to begin a social center in Lusaka, just what
it would do and how it would do it was not altogether clear. Starting out with a rather “cloudy” name,
Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), the original orientation was
more toward research than action, with a mixed focus on contemporary social
But in the years that followed,
as Zambia moved from a one-party state to a rather tumultuous multi-party
democracy and erratic economic scene, the JCTR expanded its activities to
include four essential elements:
• Research: preparing quality and well-respected theological probings and social science investigations.
• Education: disseminating research findings through publications, newsletters, workshops, media presentations.
• Advocacy: engaging the wider public in political pressures for social justice programmes in civil society and church, local, national and international.
• Consultation: advising Church social activities (e.g., pastoral letters), testifying before Parliament, serving on civic committees.