Resilience in the Pursuit of Justice: Practices and Reflections

Resilience in the Pursuit of Justice: Practices and Reflections

by Eva Marie F. Famador

In October 2000 a corruption scandal erupted with President Joseph Estrada allegedly accepted millions of dollars worth of bribes. Impeachment was filed but several senators blocked the admission of evidence. Protests built up and Estrada was ousted on Jan. 20, 2001. That phase of Philippine history paved the birthing of movements and initiatives seeking transparency and accountability in governance and one of these was Christian Convergence for Good Governance. Read report
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From compassion to action. From panic to Resilience to New Poverty

From compassion to action. From panic to Resilience to New Poverty

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Dr. NGAN Lei Tjen - Researcher, Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor (HKCNP) - Hong Kong - September 2018

To share how Christian transform compassion into action to support youth resilience to deal with a shocking new era of poverty that we have never experienced before. Read the paper
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Restoring Resilience – Re-imagining the dream

Restoring Resilience - Re-imagining the dream

by Colleen Saunders - The Warehouse, Cape Town, South Africa - July 2018

Much of my work is with disadvantaged communities, mostly with people regarded as ‘coloured’. I have long been aware that coloured people have very specific challenges that are not being addressed within the general narrative of ‘black’ and ‘white’ in South Africa, and that many of the destructive or harmful behaviours evident in these communities point to an absence of resilience. It’s only when I read about the concept of body memory that I realised how the coloured peopleas a body are affected by past trauma. I also have a strong belief in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that even Christians who subscribe to integral mission sometimes neglect the more charismatic aspects of the Gospel. I felt that presenting this paper at the Micah Global conference would be a good opportunity to share what I’ve been thinking on all these issues, to find out whether people groups in other countries have similar challenges to that of the coloured people, and to share ideas and experiences of how the church has been addressing these challenges. Read the article
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Resilience and Hope and Stigmatisation of AIDS Victims

Resilience and Hope and Stigmatisation of AIDS Victims

by Flip Buys

One of the most challenging issues in dealing with HIV/AIDS is breaking through the stigmas surrounding the disease. This article wants to contribute to the present discussion by investigating the need to strengthen resilient communities where large numbers of people are infected with and affected by the HIV pandemic. The relationship between shame and guilt and witchcraft and HIV/AIDS stigmatization will be explored with specific reference to a rural community in South Africa. This will be done by looking at key features of the African worldview and culture and predominant witchcraft beliefs and how it manifests in community attitudes towards PLWA. The influence of prevailing beliefs in witchcraft and the way it aggravates to the experience of shame and suffering of  stigmatization by people infected and affected by HIV will also be highlighted. Approaches to Christian HIV/AIDS counselling and intervention has to be contextualised to be culturally sensitive and relevant. At the same time a Christian approach to HIV/AIDS intervention may be enriched and become more holistic in unveiling the aspects of the Christian Gospel dealing with God’s merciful covering of the shame of his children and Christ having triumphed over and disarmed all spiritual powers and authorities.  Read the article
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Building Resilience with local Churches and Communities

Building Resilience with local Churches and Communities

by Jané Mackenzie - July 2018

This report will unpack some of the learning and reflections gleaned by our staff, peer agencies, partners and community members around how we can partner with churches and communities to build resilience. This is an evolving process. Our aim with this report is to reflect and share where we are at, and to share our learning and plans going forward. Read the paper
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Dangerous Resilience? The Institutional Church and its Systemic Resistance to Change

Dangerous Resilience? The Institutional Church and its Systemic Resistance to Change

by Thandi Gamedze - September 2018

The church is supposed to be the body of Jesus on earth. While an attempt to preserve and grow itself, the process of institutionalisation has in reality created structures that make the church resistant to change- including the change that it desperately needs. If the church truly desires to follow Jesus wherever he leads, some of these structures must be subjected to sound critique. The three key issues addressed in this paper relate to the church’s pedagogical practices, its governance structures, and its tendencies to a-contextualise and compartmentalise. Read the paper
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Deeper Understanding for More Resilience in the Work for Peace and Justice

Deeper Understanding for More Resilience in the Work for Peace and Justice

by Nina Balmaceda - September 2018

How does the blessing of shalom/eirene incorporate justice and how does the pursuit of justice build the sort of godly relationships that are present in a healthy community?  The eternal call to do justice is inherently intertwined with Jesus’ call.  This paper expects to contribute to a deeper understanding of the biblical teachings on peace and justice, with the hope of encouraging resilience among Christians working with most vulnerable communities. The author also hopes that these reflections will contribute to mobilize faith communities to support justice and peace initiative in their respective contexts.  Read the article
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Missionary Resilience

Missionary Resilience

by Emily Edwards, Anna Savelle, Kristina Whiteman and Geoff Whiteman

In less than a generation, globalization has dramatically changed the world in which missionaries live and minister.  At the same time, the world of missions has experienced an equally dramatic metamorphosis. For example, the country that receives the most missionaries is also the country that sends the most missionaries (United States).  These global shifts are also marked by identity shifts where more and more missionaries identify with the causes they fight for rather than the denominations and agencies they belong to. These and many more factors have led to a rise in missionary attrition and a respondent increase in efforts to intentionally understand and care for missionaries... ...The aim of this research is to build upon what has been learned through earlier research into missionary attrition and to contribute to the growing body of research into missionary resiliency by exploring this question: “How do missionaries become resilient?”  This paper reports the preliminary findings from the first phase of combined quantitative and qualitative research.  Read report
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