Call for Papers: Following Christ in Global Health Service

2018-07-12

Following Christ in Global Health Service

 

Gustave Doré . Jesus Healing the Sick. Mt 4:23-24.

 

The Messiah’s earthly life and ministry serve as an empowering pattern to follow.  Jesus’ global-mindedness, cross-cultural sensitivity, compassion, and self-less service are unmatched in human history.  In the incarnation He took on flesh in order to redeem its brokenness.  He relinquished material wealth and did not conform to oppressive power structures – yet He did not fail to interact with them. He endured suffering so that others might be healed.  He healed with gracious words and gentle touch, and rebuked evil at its source. He came to set free those who were captive to destructive powers. He came to give abundant life, and to call the harassed and helpless crowds to discover their value and radically change their minds.

In looking at the state of health in the world in both its beauty and its brokenness, does our approach increasingly reflect the Messiah’s purposes, ways and presence?  The Apostle Peter wrote that His divine power is sufficient to participate in the divine nature (2 Pet 1:3-4), and the Apostle Paul wrote that conforming to His image is our destiny (Rom 8:29) – that His very presence in us leads to bright hope (Col 1:27).  St. Augustine and St. Francis as well as Thomas á Kempis emphasized the imitation of Christ.

Call for Papers

We call for papers identifying characteristics of Messiah’s presence and purpose in global health and development endeavors in communities around the world.  How does His life inspire and instruct health-promoting and transformative development?  How do His teaching and character inform ethical policies? In dealing with power, money and partnerships, where do His teachings guide? What is an example of a creative interface between healing and proclaiming good news?  How does knowing Christ inform our healthcare and public health endeavors, making it distinctive?  How do parables create conviction and hope for human flourishing?

Proposed deadline for the next issue: 15 September 2018.  Papers including but not limited to the following are most welcome:

  1. Original Research measuring and analyzing results from global health projects which incorporate Christ-inspired principles of practice.
  2. Systematic Literature Reviews of best practice topics related to Christ-centered sustainable development and relief.
  3. Case Studies of FBO projects and partnerships which are instructive for other global contexts.
  4. Commentaries with historical or contemporary analysis of a topic of importance in global health service that relate to integration of Christian discipleship and healing.
  5. Stories from the Field which highlight an applied imitation of Christ’s ongoing healing work.
  6. Pertinent Book Reviews and Conference Reports from an integrated Christian perspective.
  7. Original Art or Poetry related to integrated incarnational service alongside those afflicted with brokenness.

Resources

He who follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord.  By these words of Christ, we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart.  Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus Christ.” – Thomas á Kempis. The imitation of Christ. trans by William Benham. Forgotten Books 2007. Available from https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/books/TheImitationofChrist_10133439

Wong PT and Page D. Servant leadership: An opponent-process model and the revised servant leadership profile. Servant Leadership Roundtable. Oct 2003. Trinity Western University. Available from: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.714.6333&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Sendjaya S and Sarros JC. Servant leadership: Its origin, development, and application in organizations. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. Sept 2002;9(2):57 – 64. https://doi.org/10.1177/107179190200900205

James G, Martinez E, Herbers S. What can Jesus teach us about student engagement? Journal of Catholic Education. Sept 2015;19 (1). https://doi.org/10.15365/joce.1901062015

Flessa, S. Christian milestones in global health:  The declarations of Tübingen. Christian Journal for Global Health (May 2016), 3(1):11-24. https://doi.org/10.15566/cjgh.v3i1.96