About Us

The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has a concern for how our society operates and how Christians can live as God's people in our social context. It seeks to help Anglicans and others to think through social issues from a Christian perspective, and to help them in their daily lives as they interact with their world.

The Social Issues Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee of the Diocese. Its members are appointed by the Standing Committee.

Current members are:

Dr. Karin Sowada (Chair)

Karin has been a member of the Social Issues Committee for over 20 years and has been Chair of the Committee since 2014. She is currently Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University and a Director of Mission Australia. Karin has previously been a Director of Capital Research Pty Ltd, Chief Executive Officer of Anglican Deaconess Ministries Limited, and served as a Senator in the Federal Parliament from 1991-1993. Follow Karin on Twitter at @karinsowada.

Dr. Megan Best

Megan has been a member of the Social issues Committee for over 20 years. She is a bioethicist and palliative care doctor, currently employed by HammondCare at Greenwich Hospital, Sydney, and the University of Sydney Medical School.

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Ford

Andrew is currently Anglicare Sydney’s Director for Pastoral Care and Mission Development, a visiting lecturer in Ethics at Moore Theological College, and a member of the General Synod Standing Committee.  In addition to his previous service in parish ministry, Andrew was involved in medical research.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen

Michael is a theologian and pastor who has published a number of books, including Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial and My God, My God: Is it possible to believe anymore? He is the Rector of St Mark's Darling Point. Follow Michael on Twitter at @mpjensen.

Mr. Darren Mitchell

Darren has been a member of the Social issues Committee for over twenty years. He attends St Barnabas Broadway where he is a Parish Councillor and is on a number of not-for-profit boards relating to children’s services and to war commemoration. He served in the NSW public sector for over thirty years including as a policy advisor in The Cabinet Office and as Director of the NSW Office for Veterans’ Affairs.

The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel

Kanishka is the Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. Prior to this he served as Rector of St Matthew’s in Perth.

The Rev. Dr. Chase Kuhn

Chase has recently joined the Social Issues Committee. He lectures in theology and ethics at Sydney’s Moore College, and previously served on the staff of St Thomas’ Anglican Church at North Sydney.


The term of current members expires in October 2017.

The following gives some idea of where we are coming from: Social issues and the life of praise