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Facing Loss during COVID-19

Facing Loss during COVID-19

Humanitarian Disaster Institute - November 2020

Benjamin Andrews

This HDI (Humanitarian Disaster Institute) tip sheet offers research-based insight on how to holistically care for yourself during this season. You can find even more tip sheets with insight on how to provide spiritual and emotional care for yourself and other during COVID-19 at spiritualfirstaidhub.com. Read more
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Practical considerations and recommendations for religious leaders

Practical considerations and recommendations for religious leaders and faith-based communities in the context of COVID-19

World Health Organisation - 7 April 2020

Background Religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and faith communities can play a major role in saving lives and reducing illness related to COVID-19.1 They are a primary source of support, comfort, guidance, and direct health care and social service, for the communities they serve. Religious leaders of faith-based organizations and communities of faith can share health information to protect their own members and wider communities, which may be more likely to be accepted than from other sources. They can provide pastoral and spiritual support during public health emergencies and other health challenges and can advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations. Read more
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Work, Job or Vocation

Work, Job or Vocation?

Editor - Mr. Mangalapudi Ramesh Babu

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for  men, Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.

You are serving the Lord Christ."

Colossians 3: 23-24 (ESV)

Drishtikone means perspective or viewpoint in Hindi. The magazine seeks to provide a space in which Christians can share their perspectives and points of view on wholistic mission in India.

Our Vision is that Drishtikone will motivate change in readers. The experiences of development practitioners, theologians, grassroot workers and others demonstrating God’s love in a practical way, will influence and encourage Christians to join the struggle for peace and justice in this country.

Drishtikone seeks to present a Biblical  perspective on social issues and provide readers with information and models of engagement in wholistic concerns. It is a forum for evangelical reflection and dialogue on development issues in India.

Drishtikone is published three times a year by EFICOR to mobilise Christian reflection and action. Financial contributions from readers are welcome to support EFICOR in its efforts to influence the mind towards action.

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INTEGRAL MISSION AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

INTEGRAL MISSION AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

The Philippines 10th – 14th September 2018

The media tends to focus on sudden large disasters, yet miss the profound reality that a majority of people who die unnecessarily each year, die from local events and systems that don’t reach our news reports. Those most adversely affected are from poor and often marginalised  communities, who have received limited-to-no support. Compounding this problem is the ever-reducing availability of resources (international and national) that can be drawn on for the meeting of basic life-saving needs. Even when aid is supplied, building the community capacity to become more resilient for future shocks is limited. Unjust systems continue to be the cause of poverty cycles, death and conflict.

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Consultation to Assess possibilities and appreciation for CCM

Consultation to Assess possibilities and appreciation for CCM

 Developed for TEAR Netherlands

November 2016

(Betty) Langeler

Abstract

Nearing the end of the REST programme on East Samar and wishing to capitalise on the learning and momentum, TEAR commissioned an assessment with the purpose of:

Provision of data and recommendations that enable both Tear and Tearfund to make a grounded decision on possible future involvement in support of local initiatives to build resilience in the Philippines.

The assessment was prepared and carried out by a team of local and international NGO staff and the lead consultant. The assessment sought to not just find information to answer the questions but to make the assessment itself an experience of the possibilities for CCM. Therefore the assessment brought together different people from government, general population, CSOs, NGOs and churches to explore the questions together.

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Micah Network Declaration on Integral Mission

Micah Network Declaration on Integral Mission

Preamble

The Micah Network is a coalition of evangelical churches and agencies from around the world committed to integral mission. Convened by this network, 140 leaders of Christian organisations involved with the poor from 50 countries met in Oxford in September 2001 to listen to God and each other for mutual learning, encouragement and strengthening as we serve the cause of the kingdom of God among the poor. Read More
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How do you read it

How do you read it

by Usiel Souza

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.
“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
(Luke 10: 25-26)

As a rabbi, Jesus answered the law expert's question with another one. In fact, with two other questions. The first was easy to answer. The expert knew what was written in the Law and quoted the text perfectly. The second one was more demanding. It touched the way he understood it. And it is this question that I invite you to think about. How have we been reading the Scriptures?

Some time ago I heard a Brazilian Christian leader, whom I greatly admire, answering the question: ‘What is the problem with Brazilian evangelical Christians?” The question had been asked in response to the clear division and antagonistic positions of evangelicals and evangelical leaders in the public environment, among other issues. He was straightforward: "The Bible". It took me a few minutes to understand his response in depth. And I understood it by remembering that conversation between Jesus and the expert in the law.

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NEW HOPE IN THE CHURCH

NEW HOPE IN THE CHURCH

by The Warehouse

Walking into the old church community hall of St Peters Anglican Church in the heart of Mowbray on a Thursday evening, one will be welcomed by a community of people who gather to eat a wholesome hot meal together each week. Many live on the streets, some live in houses nearby and further afield. All want to share this meal and weekly connection. Rather than the traditional ‘soup kitchen’, the church have been gathering to eat together for eight years now. 

But if you walk into that hall today, you will see mattresses, room dividers and a cosy set up that has provided a safe community for ten men who live on the streets to weather the COVID-19 storm. As has been aptly said, we are all facing the same storm, but the boats in which we face the storm are worlds apart. 

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Protect the Earth that God Loves

Protect the Earth that God Loves

by Björn Cedersjö - Christian Council of Sweden

In 2013 the Christian Council of Sweden (CCS) published a booklet as a response to the challenge of climate changes. The booklet was written by a small working group with representatives from the four church traditions that are parts in the CCS: Orthodox/Eastern, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist/Free Churches. Writing the text was a learning experience for the group, trying to unite around a common text in the understanding that differences could either be part of a wider and fuller picture or parts of theological reasoning that must be left un-reconciled. This paper presents the text and describes the process of discussion of alternative wordings.

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