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 Tillich’s concern for the ‘courage to be,’ ‘the power of creating beyond oneself without losing oneself,’ to ‘enter into the fullness of life.’ Doctrinaire reductions of religion to neurotic symptoms are silly and unhelpful. It must never again be said that God wills you or me to suffer depression and anxiety.”

-Charles Marsh, “Evangelical Anxiety,” Killing the Buddha, September 27, 2017. Read the full article.

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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 online from the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University:

A Brief Introduction to Human Rights
A Brief History of Health and Human Rights
Health, Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Teaching Pack: Health and Human Rights

More about Alicia Yamin

Posted in Educational resource, Online Lecture, Web resource

João Biehl on Shaping a Sense of What is Possible

“Life stories do not simply begin and end. They are stories of transformation: they link the present to the past and to a possible future and create lasting ties among subject, scribe, and reader.”

João Biehl, Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment,
updated edition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), p. 367.
Posted in Booknote, Overheard, Reflection

Science, Religion & Culture-2017 Student Conference

Learn more

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New film about Partners In Health


List of theatre screenings

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Spiritual Audacity: Public Health & Human Flourishing (now online)

Session video now online!
Dean’s Seminar, Boston University School of Public Health, Wed. September 13, 2017. Featuring the Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom’s new book, Spiritual Audacity: Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing.

Panelists include BUSPH speakers: Christina Gebel (Roman Catholic Practices and Public Health), Katelyn Long (Ecumenical Religious Practices and Public Health), and Dr. Michael Stein (Patient Spirituality Impact on Public Health). Learn more

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Just Health in Religion (update)

To those of you who might wonder what happened to the “Just Health in Religion” page on this site and its related activities (since I don’t otherwise blog this is my social media for such things to anonymous readers):

The project is still very much on the table, but (long story) circumstances have made the timing just impossible right now. I will be doing what’s possible behind the scenes (and joining Harvard Divinity School’s new “Religions and the Practice of Peaceworking group as an alumni participant in the interim to keep me honest). But rather than image something that creates unfair and false hopes about what might be happening but isn’t (I don’t believe in that; it goes against all my ethics; thanks Mom!), visitors simply won’t see that page on the site until further notice.

Hopefully I’ll be able to creep along doing things behind the scenes since it’s something colleagues (maybe even you) have heartily endorsed.

If you want to know more, please be in touch directly. Thanks!

Posted in Reflection, Upcoming Event