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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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 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty…”

Philip Alston, Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on his Mission to the United States of America, United Nations General Assembly, A/HRC/38/33/Add.1, May 4, 2018. The report was presented at the 38th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, 18 June-6 July 2018. Read the full report here.

Read more about the report, responses to date, and the need for longterm, low key, sensible and consistent action here.

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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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Writing: Overheard

You don’t have to write every day. You don’t have to write what you know. You don’t have to write for publication. You don’t have to please anyone else. You don’t have to write like anyone else. You don’t have to show anyone else. Write for yourself.



(thank you, Simon Spanton)
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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 Health Care. This is the nation’s first bioethics center devoted to engaging the sciences, humanities, law and religious faiths in the exploration of the core moral issues which underlie research and medical treatment of African Americans and other underserved people. Learn more.
Dr. Wilson is author of Economic Ethics and the Black Church (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

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Weeping with God


The pain and grief [an individual] suffers over his own situation, alone, in isolation, can break a person. He may even fall so far that he becomes immobilized by it. But the crying that a person does together with God makes him strong. He cries and takes strength. He is shattered, and is then emboldened to study, and to worship.

(Rabbi Kalonymos Kalmish Shapira, Sacred Fire: Torah from the Years of Fury 1939-1942, trans. J. Hershy Worch, ed., Deborah Miller. Jerusalem: Jason Aronson, 2000, p. 316. The words above were written on March 14, 1942. Rabbi Shapira made his last entry in the book on July 18 of that year and sent it into the safekeeping of a friend on January 3, 1943.)

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