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Religion, medicine, ethics: Resources from the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion, co-founded by Drs. Farr Curlin and Daniel Sulmasy, offers more than one hundred downloadable publications and/or abstracts  from between 1988 and 2017, directly related to religion in medicine and health ethics. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Frances Stern

So proud to belong to this tribe:read the article    

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Learn Global Health from Ancient Bones

How can classics and archaeology give us clues about the history of health and poverty? Take a look at this free online teaching tool of 9 mini-cases. A 20-page case set I wrote and designed for classroom use and discussion, … Continue reading

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Medicine & Metaphor in Christian History: New Essays

“Rethinking Medical Metaphors in Late Ancient Christianity” New special issue of Studies in Late Antiquity, vol. 2, no. 4, winter 2018. Read more here. You may need institutional library access to read if you don’t subscribe to the journal; titles … Continue reading

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Feasting & Fasting in Christian History: A Colorful, Popular Overview

Free issue (#125) of Christian History magazine from 2018. View the table of contents. Download pdf.

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Extreme Poverty: Status Quo in the USA

“The United States is a land of stark contrasts…its immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live. About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and … Continue reading

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Malala: On refugees in this moment, now

Nobel-Peace-Prize awardee, Malala Yousafzai speaks on peace, displacement, girls’ education, the important role of fathers, and the state of girl refugees around the world today. Her remarks are part of a December 6 conversation with Former U.S. Ambassador to the United … Continue reading

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Ethics of Water: Religion and Health: New Online Lecture

Abundant thanks to the folks at the Department of Theology and the University of Durham  (UK) Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health for their invitation to present at the October Seminar, and for their warm and kind welcome and good discussion. … Continue reading

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Let the lion lie down so the lamb can run the meeting

“When you come from where I come from you are told you can do anything and everything. I really believed that. I mean, I was a white, amazing person–who better to go help people? I made many mistakes before I … Continue reading

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Parish Nursing : UK

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Water Justice: 2018 Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture

Learn about the state of water as it relates to religion today in Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri’s 2018 Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture,  “God of Life Lead us to Water Justice.” Dr. Phiri is Associate General Secretary of the World … Continue reading

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Global Health Ethics: A Short Bibliography

What has ethics to do with global health? Rather a lot! Explore the free online resources described in this new annotated bibliography, recently developed with support from the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard University.  The bibliography … Continue reading

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Short Tips on Writing – and Climate

Sampling of recent resources on the “Teaching Tools” page: Preparing for Academic Journal Publication Planning a Book-Length Writing Project Climate, Sustainability, and Health: Personal Action Checklist

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Health Care: Unhealthy Effect

read full press release read 37-page chapter, “The Current State of Global Health Care Quality” read/download the full report  

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Theological Voices: Syriac Women’s Choirs

“We must have women’s choirs. You are baptized in the same baptismal font–men and women. You drink from the same communion chalice. You receive the same bread. So men and women must both sing!” So insisted the bishop Jacob of … Continue reading

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Implicit racial bias and the town gown

…pulling this highly recommended book down off my shelf to read again, in light of recent news events and necessary, valuable public outrage concerning the activities of a Harvard Humanitarian Initiative employee last week. City Mayor highlights what he hopes … Continue reading

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Improving Population Health: Can Faith Groups Help?

Yes, According to this Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, in March 2018. Learn more about the workshop and download a free pdf of the 9-page report

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Bibliography for Syriac Christian Studies

Looking up something I thought was obscure, this site gave me 400+ references! Learn more.

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Call for Papers: Global Health Fieldwork Ethics

View the call for papers with more information here. Submission deadline: October 31, 2018. General guidelines for authors here.

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Bioethics and Spirituality at Tuskegee University

Dr. Wylin D. Wilson, a 2018-19 Research Associate at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, speaks about ethics and spirituality as core to the vision of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and … Continue reading

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What would Solomon do?

Since posting below, welcome the Washington Post response from two New Testament theologians June 15 on the Bible’s moral mandate and support for welcoming immigrants and aliens. Thank you Professors Aymer and Nasrallah. Dahlia L, Schlanger M. Slate 2018; Jun … Continue reading

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“The social construction of our interpretations” (Paul Farmer)

Dr. Paul Farmer reflects on the importance of anthropology in health care, in a recent Harvard Gazette interview: “…Q: How important to your career is the blend of medicine and anthropology? A: It was and is very important. … each … Continue reading

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Religion and Narrative Medicine: Table Talk

View this 30-minute conversation on the power of stories in healing. Eva Bleeker (on the left) is a chaplain who (since this video) recently completed graduate studies in narrative medicine at the Columbia program she describes in the discussion. The … Continue reading

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What has religion to do with psychiatry?

For those of you who might be in the Harvard Longwood area this afternoon: Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, as well as the Founder and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health at Federal … Continue reading

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Take a Walk in the Woods

itching over the green of spring and feeling a bit too stuck in a city (or perhaps a windowless room somewhere)? follow the walk from map to sign Better Solution: Turn The Computer OFF and Go Take a Real Walk!

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Thank you, Dr. James Cone

So sad to hear of the recent passing of Dr. James Cone of Union Theological Seminary, whose book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, received this year’s Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Due to Dr. Cone’s failing health,  Louisville Seminary’s President … Continue reading

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“Use your common sense. Be courageous”

“It’s so obviously correct that law is better than war, and that it’s better to live in peace, with human rights, than to live in war, killing people whom you don’t even know.” Mr. Benjamin Ferencz, a human rights lawyer … Continue reading

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What is justice? What is forgiveness? Are both possible?

Click on the image above to read the Harvard Crimson story about this event. Click here to listen to the audio at the Veritas Forum

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Singing America: Sarah Ogan Gunning

One of 15 children born in an Appalachian coal-mining town in 1910, the power of Sarah Ogan Gunning’s heritage, voice, and influence in American folk music has been said to be “giant,” far greater than that of Loretta Lynn or … Continue reading

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Build & Nurture Community Diversity & Inclusion

Harvard’s hot-off-the-press report on diversity and inclusion is worth the world (or at least other educational and workplace communities around the world) taking a look: Learn more Read the full report

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Memoir on refugee life in France

Lynne Jones, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher, and relief worker, describes the daily journey of working with refugees and migrants in these online diaries. The link above will open her 23-page diary from refugee camps in Calais, France, … Continue reading

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Life These Days

one of my very favorite reminders that sometimes, just sometimes, amazing journeys  (if with a bit of wipe-out here and there) are possible. [click on video image above or here to view]

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Simone Weil on Relational Justice

“If Simone Weil is correct… justice means the right relationships among all things. I think this relates to social justice, the active restoration of right relationships, because after all, what does the beauty of the world tell us? … Now … Continue reading

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How do you measure the success of welfare?

Program Cost or Human Benefit? A very brief history of welfare and work in the USA

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“Health” and “Social Care” belong together

This short article by an experienced health care advocate (and food writer) in the UK should remind all of us — no matter what country we live in — how important (and how much our health systems tend to fail … Continue reading

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Religion – and International Humanitarian Law?

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Learning from a Stampede: New Case Study

New free online case-based resource at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University: TEACHING PACK: “Accidents and Injuries: Lessons from a Stampede” This collection of resources explores the health risks and responses to unintentional accidents and injuries … Continue reading

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The Cappadocians: A Short Bibliography for Ordinary Readers

I am sometimes asked what to read to learn more about the fourth-century Christians I’ve studied who are called the “Cappadocians.” In response, I developed this free online 2-page bibliography with just a few of the most significant references related … Continue reading

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Learning to Practice Peace

Health and healthy engagement with the world around us depends on fostering good in and alongside the others we encounter, even (and especially) when it is difficult, insofar as that is possible. Harvard Divinity School has just announced two January … Continue reading

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Honored to be named Senior Fellow

I’m immensely honored by the invitation to be a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Initiative on Health, Religion & Spirituality. Learn more about this wonderful group of scholars, researchers, and practitioners.

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Ancient Friendships: Comment Magazine

Comment Magazine‘s winter 2017-2018 issue focuses on “Ancient friendships”; click on images below to view more:

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Feasting St. Martin of Tours

“A Saint, His Cloak, and Us” by the Rev. Dr. Andrew McGowan

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Faith is a difficult artwork: On God, depression, and anxiety

“Faith is a difficult artwork: continually giving, ever unfinished. Might it not then better serve our battered selves (and our threatened earth) to imagine religion as something other than an avatar of shame or opiate against death? We might recall … Continue reading

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Health & Human Rights: New Teaching Tools

Delighted to have had the opportunity over the past 6 months to work once again with human rights attorney, Alicia Ely Yamin, in the development of her 3 new videos and free Teaching Pack about health and human rights, now … Continue reading

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Spirituality, Religion, Medicine: Coming Soon

For more about the editors’ work and the broader vision behind this book, visit the Harvard University Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality. UPDATE: Journal of Religion and Health Book review

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Disabilities – Religion Collaborative

This is just one of a number of academic and pastoral resources related to thinking about disability issues as they relate to religion, past and present. See also, for example: https://www.facebook.com/theologydisability/ http://www.aaiddreligion.org/newsletter National Collaborative on Faith and Disability Working Group for … Continue reading

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Refugee Tales 2

Worth. Reading.

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Equality: The Road Less Traveled (Paul Hunt)

learn more from human rights lawyer, Paul Hunt

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Bread and Pigs: What it (really) meant to feed ancient Rome

Delighted to see a wonderful article on the Roman annona by the inestimable Professor Michele Saltzman, “From a Classical to a Christian City: Civic Euergetism and Charity in Late Antique Rome,” published in February in the new journal, Studies in … Continue reading

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“I’d really just like a book on social justice”

From Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Commencement speech last week: Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top … Continue reading

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