An Olive Agenda

An Olive Agenda: First thoughts on a metaphorical theology of development

by Steve de Gruchy

This paper proposes a theological engagement with a metaphor that could transcend the duality between the ‘green’  environmental agenda and the ‘brown’ poverty agenda that has disabled development discourse for the past twenty years.

The mix of green and brown suggests an olive agenda; which in turn provides a remarkably rich metaphor – the olive – that holds together that which religious and political discourse rends apart: earth, land, climate, labour, time, family, food, nutrition, health, hunger, poverty, power and violence.

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Preventing the Spread of Sickness

Preventing the Spread of Sickness

© 2020 Accessible Hope International

TIME: 1 hour


  • Participants will understand the way that germs are spread through respiratory and
  • droplet transmission
  • Participants will understand the importance of soap in the elimination of viral germs
  • Participants will be able to name 5 practices for preventing the spread of respiratory
  • viruses to others 


  • A bowl of water (preferably with a light-colored interior, like white or yellow)
  • Black pepper
  • Soap (preferably the more normal kind used in that particular setting)
  • Glitter
  • “Do the 5!” handout
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Faith Matters – the contribution of faith to health and healthcare in the post 2015 agenda

Faith Matters - the contribution of faith to health and healthcare in the post 2015 agenda

This paper is submitted by the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF)1, a network of 4,000 doctors and 800 medical students in the UK. We have a strong interest in global health, with over 170 of our members currently living and working in low income countries and hundreds more who are involved in regular short-term visits. Through the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) we are affiliated with over 80 national Christian medical organisations around the world, many of which are in low-income countries.

CMF appreciates the opportunity to engage in the reflections on how to address the health needs of the world’s population post-2015. In this submission we focus on two issues:

1. The important link between faith and health to individuals and communities; the influence of faith cannot be ignored in the quest to improve the health of the world’s population.
2. The essential role of faith based organisations in healthcare provision.

Although CMF is an association of Christian doctors, our members regularly work closely with individuals and groups from other faiths. While examples given in this document are often of Christian organisations, the general principles set out apply to other faith groups as well.