Towards a Kind and Gracious Society: A Christian Perspective on Being Good Neighbours
Every year, thousands of complaints were lodged by neighbours against one another indicating a diminishing of civility and neighbourly consideration. Neighbourhood is the crucible where civil relationships and its accompanying civilities either grow or fail to grow. When neighbourly relationships are forged, positive neighbourliness is generated; and where it is not, civility suffers and with it unpleasantness follows.
In light of the Christian ideal of loving God and our neighbours, the book seeks to answer the questions, "Who is our neighbour?" and "How do we love our neighbour?".
It is possible to live without interaction with our neighbours, but it is not what Christians are called to do. We need to engage our society by contributing to good neighbourliness. This book offers some practical suggestions on how we can foster a kind and gracious society by the way we conduct ourselves as good neighbours.
About the Author
William Wan is trained in Law, Theology and Psychometrics. He is a Justice of the Peace and the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. He serves as Pastor Emeritus of Hope Presbyterian, Chairman of Prison Fellowship Singapore and the Ethics Committee of a private hospital; and a number of boards and committees. Having published several books, he writes regularly for The Straits Times and other publications.
Dr Wan also speaks extensively on a variety of subjects he is passionate about, including active ageing, kindness and other related values. He lives his life "in chapters" and after having retired from law, the church, the academia and the business world, he now devotes himself to the "business of kindness". He has received awards for his community work in Canada, the United States and Singapore.