Category Archives: Educational resource

“Conversations in Religion and the Healing Arts: Panel and Colloquium”

Conversations in Religion and the Healing Arts: Online Panel Discussion and Public Colloquium Wednesday, October 14, 2020 3:30-5:00 PM (Central US time)  Panelists:  Anna Rebecca Solevåg, Professor of New Testament, VID University, Stavanger, Norway: “Medical Knowledge and Religious Conviction in … Continue reading

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Borderline Health for all: July 28 webinar

more about the webinar: Webinar & Report Launch The Health Crisis on the Northern Mexico Border: Cross-Border Implications of U.S. Immigration Policies Tuesday July 28, 2020 | 10 AM ET There is a growing public health crisis at the northern Mexico … Continue reading

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Learning from Ebola

Here’s a useful digital exhibit from the CDC Museum, on the role of people’s individual choices in getting viral epidemics under control. Lots of links and voices to make it perhaps a useful student engagement or bare bones to guide … Continue reading

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“Doctors in the Choir” (and all articles): free download through June!

Recently published in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, an article I’ve been working on for some years (with great delight) on the images of holy doctors on the wall in the choir of the church at the monastery of … Continue reading

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Want to be a force for good? Report positive news.

New from the Harvard University Human Flourishing Program: VanderWeele & Brooks: “A Public Health Approach to Negative News Media: The 3-to-1 solution,” American Journal of Health Promotion 2020; DOI: 10.1177/0890117120914227 Commenting on the value of reporting good news even amidst … Continue reading

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Public Health, Religion & Spirituality Bulletin: New Essays Online

Re-posting from PHRS update on the Spring/Summer issue, now online: Public Health, Religion & Spirituality Bulletin: Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2020 We are pleased to release the second issue the Public Health, Religion and Spirituality Bulletin, a publication of the Public … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on disease, community, and grief

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Webinar: Pandemics: Past, Present, Future

Fascinating new Webinar featuring experts from the Department of History at Ohio State University, who discuss past pandemics, from plague to influenza and HIV, to help better understand the current global health crisis. Panelists include Prof. John Brooke, Dr. Jim … Continue reading

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Racial inequities in America: Glimpses from the Firehose

Below are true “jots”, tiny glimpses from the firehose of media on the current crisis; the two sources below may be important for classroom (and other) discussions of health ethics, religion, and racial disparities in the USA: “The African American … Continue reading

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New! Infectious Historians (podcast)

Click on image above or here to learn more and listen!

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WHO on “Having Faith during COVID-19”

Page 2 of the World Health Organization’s April 9 daily “situation report” on the pandemic offers encouragement and specific suggestions to support faith communities as they work to shape effective responses: Learn more at the WHO Information Network for Epidemics … Continue reading

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Medieval advice on handwashing

“If you want to be healthy, wash your hands often.“ -Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum 4, written in the 11th or 12th century, translated into modern English by Patricia Willet Cummins (Chapel Hill: North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, … Continue reading

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Tears and Mourning: 17th Century Sermons on Plague & Loss

John Featley (d. 1666) was an Anglican priest and chaplain to the English kings, Charles I and Charles II. During his lifetime, Featley published a number of sermons on tears and mourning in situations of loss and difficulty. These included … Continue reading

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Laughing with Julian of Norwich

Learn more about: This book Julian, from her site in Norwich today Amy Laura Hall How Professor Hall sees the world in March 2020 through Julian’s perspectives.            

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“I am at the house of God. But the angels are holding their breath.”

Yes, half of the time he is on the other side of the world; and yes, I’ve seen him maybe once in the past 3 years – but this emergency medicine physician is still my friend, and neighbour, here speaking … Continue reading

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New Article: “Tale of Two Tables”

Note on communion and contagion: This article–prepared for press weeks ago–refers to a published research study that reported a very low infectious disease contagion risk connected to the religious ritual practice of communion (aka eucharist) using “common cup”. Such risks … Continue reading

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Meanwhile “Scotland Outdoors Podcast” Lowers Blood Pressure

Yesterday’s podcast proves that it is still possible to enjoy the great outdoors (safely) at this time–and a caller (not me) attests to it also measurably lowering her blood pressure. Listen and download recent episodes.      

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NIH Director on pandemic, faith, and friendship

Valuable article in yesterday’s Atlantic: Learn more from the NIH:

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Gregory of Nyssa: Contagion Revisited

I am reminded that this much-cited article from the Harvard Theological Review that I wrote many years ago might be of interest to some in these days–despite the Gregorys’ certainly wrong views about germ transmission.* *and yes it’s copyrighted, so I’ll take … Continue reading

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Religion & Public Health: Learning from the [ancient] past

Read this new essay (and more!) in the latest issue of the Public Health, Religion, and Spirituality Network Bulletin. Learn more about the Network  

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Global Catholic Health Care: Conference April 17-19, 202…1

UPDATE: THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021: Learn More (free registration)

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Morality & Global Health: Panel at Harvard Friday Feb 21

Global health in cross-cultural settings can involve numerous complex situations. Many have accused global health practitioners, despite their best intentions, of cultural imperialism due to their imposition of certain (usually Western) norms and worldviews as they attempt to improve health … Continue reading

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Maria Skobtsova Film – Update!

After more than three years in the works, the film, “Love to the End” is available for viewing! This 50-minute documentary, developed by students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts,  tells the story of Mother … Continue reading

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“Theology and Spiritual Care Beyond Story”

New online talk sponsored by the Spirituality, Theology, and Health Seminar at the University of Durham’s Department of Theology and Religion: Rev. Dr. Chris Swift is a Methodist chaplaincy director in the UK. Learn more here.   ABSTRACT: Stories are … Continue reading

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The unbelievable Christian Creed (Grawemeyer winner 2019)

Congratulations to Stephen Patterson, winner of this year’s Grawemeyer Award in Religion, for his book , The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, & Sexism (Oxford University Press, 2018):      

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Public Health, Religion, and Spirituality Network: Fall Bulletin now live!

Delighted to see the inaugural Bulletin now live on the Public Health, Religion, and Spirituality Network! Read it HERE!

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Spirituality, Theology & Health (Durham UK): New website!

Click on the image above to visit the new site, which now lives at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/csth/. Note the Centre’s interdisciplinary research “that engages theologically with health and human flourishing.” For more about religion as it connects with health and human flourishing, … Continue reading

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Care for the Poor in Late Antique Egypt

Fascinating upcoming lecture, in London in January:  ‘For the great agape now practiced towards the poor who come to the holy monastery …’: (P.KRU 106): Care for the poor in Late Antique Egypt 21 January 2020, 17:30 to 19:00 Strand … Continue reading

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AJR: Food & Transformation

The stunning and stimulating online journal, Ancient Jew Review, usually counts among my pleasure reading, so somehow never gets mentioned here. But this issue–with the tease into reading J.C. Warren’s article on her book, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature–demands … Continue reading

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Health worker report on faith collaborations in the US

This report of a one-day workshop discussed how folks working in the health sector might positively work together with “faith-based health assets.” Conversations included an overview of community faith-based assets and how they relate to population health, health improvement, evidence-based … Continue reading

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First Book Workshop – Application Call – Deadline 9/6/19

Do you know of a recent dissertation (maybe yours!) that bridges religion and health in the ancient world? Is the author (maybe you) busy in (or looking for) a teaching job while hanging between a finished dissertation and “The Book.” … Continue reading

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Food, Health & The Body: Duke Collaborative Calls for Applications

The Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC), part of Duke Divinity School’s Theology, Medicine, and Culture Program, is accepting applications for its 2019 cohort: Food, Health, and the Body.  In 2019-2020, the RHC invites churches and Christian communities to explore the deep … Continue reading

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CFP: Religion & Public Health in Environmental Research

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health invites paper submissions for a forthcoming special issue on religion and public health. Deadline for submissions: December 2, 2019. Learn more here. Download the flier here or at the journal website. … Continue reading

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Patristic Studies in Boston: July 14-19, 2019

The Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Summer Program in Patristic Studies (July 14-19, 2019). View program announcement pdf and registration form. Below is the detailed summary provided … Continue reading

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“But nobody noticed when the albatross had disappeared”*

Apropos of not much else on this blog: I’ve had a warm spot for the albatross ever since, one very special summer in college, living a short train ride from Geneva in Switzerland, the children in my apartment generously let … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: The Garb of Being

Now in press-available this fall! From the back cover: This collection explores how the body became a touchstone for late antique religious practice and imagination. When we read the stories and testimonies of late ancient Christians, what different types of … Continue reading

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Touching a Leper

Jesus heals a leper, illustration from the Armenian Gospels of Gladzor (13th century); Read and view the entire illuminated manuscript online; the above image is on page 85 of Thomas F. Mathews and Alice Taylor, The Illuminated Gospels of Gladzor: The … Continue reading

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New Review: Public health of crowded religious (and sports) events

New in today’s Lancet: read more

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Get a Witness without Buying the Book

Want to enjoy a baker’s dozen of fascinating stories about “peacemakers, community builders, and agitators for faith and justice” without forking over cash for another book? Visit the podcast and download thirteen free full-length interviews with each of the contributing … Continue reading

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Mary of Egypt at the Newberry

English translation “The Harlot Koan,” an essay on Mary of Egypt by poet-editor Dave O’Neal Image: First page of the Life of Mary of Egypt, traditionally read in the Orthodox church during Lent, as part of the “Canon of St. … Continue reading

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Flint Water Crisis: Case Study

I was inspired and enriched to hear and meet Marc Edwards of Flint Water Study fame at the “Thirst for Clean Water” symposium in northwest Indiana this weekend! The event reminded me that the case study and teaching tools colleague Rachel Gordon … Continue reading

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AJPH Podcast: Are FBOs compatible with Public Health?

Well, it’s complicated. Click below to listen to the February 2019 podcast, where AJPH editor Alfredo Morabia asks this question of  Drs. William Foege, Robert Pyne, Ellen Idler, and Mimi Kiser: PODCAST-ENGLISH-FEBRUARY-2019_HC WORKERS – 1_13_19, 8.45 PM.mp3 The podcast is … Continue reading

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Webcast on Religion & Public Health Partnerships! April 3, 2019

Free webcast on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to celebrate and discuss the March 2019 American Journal of Public Health special section on “Faith-based organizations and Public Health Practice.”  The  webcast,”Finding Common Ground:  Partnerships  in  Religion  and Public Health,” will be … Continue reading

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Community Health Course Free Online

 Community Health Academy  Reimagining the education of community health workers and leaders for the digital age. Registration is now open for the Community Health Academy’s first free, online course through HarvardX and edX, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver … Continue reading

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Islam and Refuge: Podcast

The University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre offers reports, free podcasts, and more related to refugee issues around the world today, including regular attention to religion. This podcast, “Islamic Traditions of Refuge in the Crisis of Iraq and Syria,” is … Continue reading

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Liturgy of Home

I’m still inspired and energized by environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams’ amazing Ingersoll Lecture at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) last year. Click on the image to view or download the podcast, or read online. More video lectures from HDS on religion, … Continue reading

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Moving across borders is bad for health – but doesn’t need to be

“Restrictive entry and integration policies are linked to poor migrant health outcomes in high-income countries. Efforts to improve the health of migrants would benefit from adopting a Health in All Policies perspective.” Lancet Global Health report, March 2019; read here In … Continue reading

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Science & Theology of Hearing Voices: New Book

download open access full text online From the abstract: Experiences of hearing the voice of God (or angels, demons, or other spiritual beings) have generally been understood either as religious experiences or else as a feature of mental illness. Some critics … Continue reading

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Spirituality Matters for Public Health: A Social Science Approach

learn more and read publisher’s “free preview” From the Description: “This book addresses a pressing need for Public Health research, practice and teaching: A substantial evidence base now links religious and spiritual (R/S) factors to health. In the past 20 … Continue reading

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Countenancing Hunger

This week revisiting “old” news–which in media alas means published ten years ago or more–still worth hearing, I stumble again across this wonderful interview from 2007 with Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread, and founder of an altar-based food pantry … Continue reading

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