Thursday, 25 May 2017

MC Sync-Linc 6

MC Update--June 2017
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During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two strap lines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.
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New Resources
Gazing-Going Beyond Our Shores
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Cover detail from Iona's Beyond These Shores (1993)

Beyond these shores into the darkness
Beyond these shores this boat must sail
And if  this is the way then there will be
A path across the sea.
 

Iona music video

In this Update we continue to fix our gaze broadly, featuring yet going beyond familiar member care shores in order to explore many new resources from different sectors. It is especially inspired by the group Iona, whose music over 25+ years has encouraged us further into our global member care journey and Christian spirituality. We include links to two Iona music videos from Beyond These Shores (on sojourning into mission) and finish with some personal and faith-based reflections on our “global gaze.”

As we gaze globally into our precarious, perilous, and precious world, we do so with our eyes fixed steadily on Jesus Christ. Although we have not seen Him yet, we love Him, believe in Him, and rejoice in Him (I Peter 1:8). We are people of hope, people with a Living Hope. We focus on Groom's Day, not Doom's Day (I Peter 1:13, Titus 2:13).

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Monday, 1 May 2017

MC Sync-Link 5

MC Update--May 2017

During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two strap lines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.

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Moral Care
Resources for Living in Integrity
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This Update focuses on recent, supportive resources for living in integrity--a core part of the "moral care" that is part of member care. Cultivating integrity fosters both the credibility and effectiveness of our work in member care and more broadly in mission, aid, and development. We feature four materials for moral care with an emphasis on integrity for staff, leaders, and all those with member care responsibility. We finish with some personal reflections on living in global integrity: "Good Practice--Good People."

Underlying our reflections, an indeed all of our work, is the commitment to good global practice (competence) by good global people (character): good practice-good people. Through it all, we want to acknowledge the many gray areas that face us all practically, morally, and daily as we seek to live in integrity, love God and people, and make the world a better place.

Global integrity is a global good. It belongs to us all. But it must be discussed, debated, understood, emphasized, and cultivated. The beauty of global integrity does not happen by chance. Rather it takes intentionality to see it take root in our personal, organizational, social, and national lives. Like the character and virtue in which it is embedded, it is refined in the caldron of life’s tough challenges and choices.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

MC Sync-Link 4


MC Update--April 2017
During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two straplines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.

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Re-Member Care
MC Pioneers and Developers

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This Update focuses on some amazing people--remembering several deceased colleagues who have been instrumental in pioneering and developing member care. It includes a photo of each colleague and a link to our MCA website to access information about their lives (several links to tributes/short histories). Although they are no longer with us on the earth, their voices and examples still speak clearly to us today. We miss them dearly, yet know they are in the best of care as they are "away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8, NIV). We finish the Update with an invitation to journey further into member care by engaging with an article that overviews 100 years of member care history. Re-member care!

We want to invite you to continue in the "re-member care" flow of this Update by journeying further into our member care history.... One way to undertake this historical journey is to download, reflect on, and interact with the article, The Missional Heart of Member Care (IBMR, April 2015). Starting in the pre-1960 era and traveling into the mid-2010s, the article highlights trends in member care development and features commentary around a selection of core quotes from some of the outstanding colleagues who have contributed to the development of the member care field. Their exemplary lives of faith in action and the compelling voices in their writings still speak clearly and powerfully to us today (Heb. 11:4).

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Monday, 27 February 2017

MC Sync-Link 3

MC Update--March 2017

During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two straplines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.
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Go for It!
Building Our Future Foundations—Now!
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Don’t quit!.
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Do it!

In this Update we feature three articles that we have written over the last year (March 2016-March 2017). Although focusing mostly on mental health professionals, they are also very relevant for those with member care responsibilities. The articles are meant to encourage us as we consider the many new opportunities for member care in mission and for mental health as mission. This trio of articles provides directional tools that can help us build our “future foundations.” Chief among these tools is the global integration framework that we have been promoting the last six years….May these materials guide and goad us further into our future foundations and into the heart of Jesus Christ for all people…Go for it!....

I [Kelly] miss working at times with a healthy, close team of colleagues and especially with true friends.  I sometimes feel like a Ranger in Tolkien's in Lord of the Rings, doing good behind the scenes and periodically popping into public view for some important reason. Not always understood or appreciated, but sometimes yes. Sometimes I want to exit the world of influence and "rangering" and just be something like a barista at a classy-rustic-cool small hidden coffee cafe (close to good waves) and fade into oblivion, living a simple life working with my hands a la 1 Thes. 4:11. Fortunately though I have super friends who have been proven through adversity. We live on different continents. All of us forging relationships together in our 20s or earlier. Would we die for each other? In contrast, being betrayed by believers who are fair weather friends or foul-weather fiends is no fun. Yet not trying to wear it on your sleeve or define your life by betrayal. Following Jesus Christ is worth all.

We were just at an Oxford College (about 20 miles from our former home in Oxfordshire where we first really connected with Dave Pollock for a weekend at our place, dreaming of what was to become MemCa and planning, early 1998), on a private visit with the former Principal we know, with some of our closest friends too coming along, and I was wishing that as friends we could all somehow magically flow together in some new way, leveraging our various skills/life experiences/faith on behalf of humanity in a new way...consulting over fine English ale about making our marks in later life, doing something that could really have an impact vs something that would sustain our lifestyles primarily, ad majorem Dei gloriam… (Kelly's email, February 2017)


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Sync-Link 2

MC Update--February 2017

During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two straplines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.
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New Global Member Care Model:
Member Care in the Missio Dei (MC-MD)
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This Update features the newly expanded model for global member care. It emphasizes the missio Dei context for member care and adds a seventh sphere, Humanity Care. The original model (2000) and its updates (2011, 2013) have been used widely in the mission community to “guide and goad” member care practice. We are delighted to note that the model continues to emphasize Jesus Christ at the core of member care, including our relationship with Him, member care/mission workers serving Him, and His love for all people….

Global Member Care (GMC) continues its emergence and impact as an interdisciplinary, international, and multi-sectoral field. The latest expansion of the global member care model (MC-MD), now with seven spheres, is a reflection of GMC's growing influence. It points us to many new possibilities for connecting and contributing globally and for supporting mission personnel and their sending groups….It continues to promote the growth and development of workers in the context of sacrifice and demanding work that often involves prudent risk. It also seeks to extend the global reach of member care and to encourage colleagues to track with developments in our globalizing world. Similar to the emphasis in volume two of Global Member Care, it is meant:

•To support mission/aid workers in their well-being and effectiveness
•To equip mission/aid workers with tools and opportunities for their work with others
•To equip member caregivers who directly work with vulnerable populations and others
•To support colleagues in other sectors via materials in the member care field
•To stay informed as global citizens about current and crucial issues facing humanity.


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Kelly and Michèle



Sunday, 15 January 2017

MC Sync-Link 1

MC Update--January 2017

During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two straplines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.
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Special Issues on Member Care: 
Journals and Magazines (1983-2017)
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Twenty special journal and magazine issues over a 34 year period…These are important metrics that reflect the ongoing development of member care in mission. This Update takes a closer look at these 20 special issues and shares links for accessing them: some are for free online and others can be purchased in pdf/hard copies at special rates. Part One features the just-published issue by the Journal of Psychology and Theology (JPT) on “Psychology and Mission” (December 2016 with another issue scheduled for June 2017). Part Two lists the 20 special issues by journal/magazine and by date of publication. Part Three then goes into more detail by listing the table of contents for the special issues. Collectively, all 20 special issues give us a good sense of many important member care topics that have been dealt with over the years….

“Beginning in 1983, the Journal of Psychology and Theology has published four special editions devoted to the topic of psychology and missions; on average, these issues were released at a rate of two per decade (i.e., 1983, 1987, 1993, and 1999). After a 17-year hiatus, this fifth psychology and missions special edition of JPT provides an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned thus far through the almost 70 articles published in JPT since 1973 on the interrelationship of psychological and theological concepts…” (Excerpt from the Introduction (free online/pdf), Dr. Nancy Crawford and Dr. David Wang, Guest Editors)

…we hope that all the special issues included in this Update will be a valuable source or encouragement, reflection, and guidance for member care--perhaps pointing towards the development of a special global journal/periodical devoted to member care. We believe it is crucial to understand our historical foundations as we carefully consider our future and the challenges and opportunities to bring hope and healing to our troubled world.

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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Global Integrity 25

Summary and Summons
A Global Integrity Movement
Moral Wholeness for a Whole World

This entry is very special.
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This is the 300th entry since the weblog began 10 years ago (December 2006--December 2016). Many thanks Michèle for your input and inspiration to me! This entry is also special because it is both a summary of the global integrity entries and a summons for a global integrity movement. This strategic topic is a capstone marking this 10 year learning journey to share "resources, research, and reflections for good practice."And it reflects my yearnings--and I think lots of people's yearnings throughout the ages--for peaceful, just societies; for well-being for all; for virtuous living; for the better world for which we were created. Ad majorem Dei gloriam. Kelly

Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Its opposite is corruption, the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is moral wholeness at all levels in our world—from the individual to the institutional to the international. Global integrity is requisite for “building the future we want—being the people we need.” It is not easy, it is not always black and white, and it can be risky. These entries explore the many facets of integrity with a view towards the global efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing.
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Summary
Let’s Be the People We Need
We have certainly traversed a variety of terrain in our exploration of integrity at the individual-institutional-international levels. These 25 entries, listed below by title/topic, have helped us to get an initial feel for how global integrity is part of the corporate, faith-based, UN, social, environmental educational, psychological, moral, and philanthropic areas. Three of the overlapping themes that we have regularly encountered on this year-long trek, and which we have endeavored to highlight, can be summarized in these assertions.

--Integrity begins with oneself. Personal transformation is foundational for social transformation.
--Integrity requires external referents and accountability. Trust yourself...but verify, don't self-justify.
--Integrity, with its emphasis on endeavoring to live consistently in moral wholeness, is a core dimension needed in the global efforts for human-planetary wellbeing. There is no development without moral development.

1. Definitions—Global Analysis article (2015), Lausanne Movement
2. United Nations Personnel—UN Competency Development (2010)
3. We Have A Problem—research on leadership qualities, Lausanne Movement
4. Facing Ourselves—Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil and Suffering (2013)
5. Corporate Integrity—United Nations Global Compact, Principle 10: Anti-Corruption
6. Living with Our Deepest Differences—Global Charter of Conscience (2012)
7. Anti-Integrity—personal reflections, Transparency International
8. Corruption Connections—EXPOSED Campaign
9. Hiding Hypocrisy…at all levels—Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Accountability
10. Affirming Integrity...at all levels—Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Accountability
11. Pro-Integrity—Global Declaration Against Corruption, Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016
12. Education for Global Citizenship—Gyeongju Action Plan (2016), UN DPI/NGO
13. Integrity in Professional Psychology—Universal Ethical Principles for Psychologists (2002), etc.
14. Positive Psychology and Integrity—Authentic Happiness
15. Integrity Needs External Referents—personal reflections
16. Integrity Training—Integrity Action
17. Executive Integrity—Managing Executive Health (2008)
18. Creation Integrity—World Council of Churches, United Nations, Vatican, Earth Charter, Earth Day
19. Public Integrity—Center for Public Integrity
20. Philanthropic Support for Integrity—John Templeton Foundation
21. Christian Integrity—Cape Town Commitment (2010), Lausanne Movement
22. Christian Missional Integrity—Serving Jesus with Integrity (2010)
23. International Anti-Corruption Day
24. Living in Integrity—Trio Gatherings
25. Summary and Summons—A Global Integrity Movement

Summons
Let's Build the World We Want

Global integrity is a multi-level global good. It belongs to us all. But it must be discussed, debated, understood, emphasized, and cultivated. Global integrity does not happen by chance. Rather it takes intentionality to see it take root in our personal, organizational, social, and national lives. Like the character and virtue in which it is embedded, it is refined in the caldron of life’s tough challenges and choices.  

I believe our common identity and shared responsibility as global citizens can be leveraged to "integrate global integrity at  all levels." I believe it is a propitious season to undertake a new (and renewed) joint initiative--a strategic, skilled, relational coalition/alliance that resolutely and unhypocritically emphasizes integrity on behalf of our "precarious, perilous, but precious" world.  Invest in integrity. 

I envision a growing Pro-Integrity Platform that can help to shape and support a sustainable Global Integrity Movement. Some ideas for the entities that could help form such a Platform-Movement are listed below, several of which have been described already in the 25 weblog entries. As for the overall objectives, value-added benefits, relevant products, funding sources, and functional structure that would embody such a global effort for global good…well, that is TBD.

Investing in Integrity: Civil Society
--Templeton Foundation. Character and Virtue Development is one of its four emphases.
https://www.templeton.org/--Caux Foundations—Initiatives for Change.  Caux Forum 2017—Just Governance for Human Security
--Lausanne Movement-Global Integrity Network, Lausanne Movement. https://www.lausanne.org/networks/issues/integrity-and-anti-corruption
(next consultation: in USA April or May 2017)
--Center for Christian Thinking, Biola University. http://cct.biola.edu/
--Trinity Forum. http://ttf.org/ “The Trinity Forum is a nonprofit organization that works to cultivate networks of leaders whose integrity and vision will renew culture and promote human freedom and flourishing.”
--Center for Study of Global Christianity. http://www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga/research/index.cfm
--International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development. http://www.partner-religion-development.org/
--Transparency International. http://www.transparency.org/
--International Anti-Corruption Conferences. https://iaccseries.org/ (17th in December 2016--Panama; 18th in 2018 in--Copenhagen).
--World Bank (see the Integrity Vice Presidency)
--Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania. http://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/
--Etc.

Investing in Integrity: UN and UN-Related
--UN Office on Crime and Drugs http://www.unodc.org/
--SDG 16, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg16 (to be reviewed at the High Level Political Forum in 2019)
--UN Convention Against Corruption. http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/index.html
 (various meetings in UN Vienna)
--UN Anti-Corruption Day (9 December). http://www.anticorruptionday.org/ (theme for 2016: United Against Corruption)
--UN Task Force on Religion and Development (see Engaging Religion and Faith-Based Actors in 2016)
--UN Academic Impact. https://academicimpact.un.org/
-- Etc.
Afterword
I want to note that this vision for a Pro-Integrity Platform--Global Integrity Movement is profoundly influenced by the Global Integration framework (GI) that we have been promoting over the past six years. GI involves actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based) for God's glory. Global integration requires global integrity. And both are inseparable for global integrators.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Global Integrity--24

Living in Integrity
Moral Wholeness for a Whole World

Marley's Ghost, from Charels Dicken's A Christmas Carol (1843)
“The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains…none were free…The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power forever.” 

Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Its opposite is corruption, the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is moral wholeness at all levels in our world—from the individual to the institutional to the international. Global integrity is requisite for “building the future we want—being the people we need.” It is not easy, it is not always black and white, and it can be risky. These entries explore the many facets of integrity with a view towards the global efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing.
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Living in Integrity as Global Citizens
Trio Gathering 16


In this entry we invite you to connect with the recent Trio Gathering at our home. Have a look at how we are engaging in the topic of global integrity with a diverse group of colleagues in the Geneva area.
 

Trio Gatherings (2013-current)
Trio Gatherings provide a relaxed place where colleagues can interact on important topics for mutual learning and support. They are informal and not sponsored by any organization/group. The gatherings are part of our commitment to encourage “global integration”—connecting and contributing relevantly on behalf of the major issues facing humanity and in light of our core values. The hosts (Michèle and Kelly O'Donnell) are consulting psychologists working in the areas of personnel development for international organisations, humanitarian psychology, anti-corruption advocacy/action, and global mental health.

Background and Content
Global citizenship is both a concept and a growing commitment that emphasizes our common identity and responsibility as humans. The Trio Gatherings this year (2016) focused on what it means to be global citizens, including educating global citizens, eradicating poverty, promoting peace, and living in integrity. Four of the main materials we used to guide our interactions: the Gyeongju Action Plan: Education for Global Citizenship (from the UN DPI/NGO), Poverty Inc. (film), materials from Geneva Peace Week, and various materials on integrity (10 pages).

Summary of Trio 16
Saturday 10 December (10:00-13:00) was the date for Trio Gathering 16. Thirteen people from various backgrounds participated (e.g., UN, civil society, health, education, business) The overall theme was Living in Integrity as Global Citizens with the particular focus being Moral Courage. We prepared some concise materials to guide our interactions and in consideration of Sustainable Development Goal 16International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December), and International Human Rights Day (10 December). Our desire was to encourage us all to be people of integrity who as global citizens resolutely do good and courageously oppose corruption at the individual-institutional-international levels.

“Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.” UNDP and UNCOC (2016)

We found our group interactions to be very thoughtful and challenging. As the group discussed integrity, we moved beyond more general definitions towards the deeper essence of character, morality, and living congruently with our core values and our “best selves”. We watched a challenging TedxTalk by Mukesh Kapila on Courage or Cowardice, based on his personal struggles and eventual resolve to blow a whistle as a high-level UN official on the atrocities in Sudan.

Take Aways for Michele
1. A message I picked up from our interaction is that character is key to integrity. Integrity is developed over time when we are faithful in the small things, or in other words, when we consistently choose to do the right thing. I wonder what influences subtly erode character, including my character, in contemporary culture, and why?

2. I am struck by the important role of deep reflection, which includes looking back over our lives to see the way forward, when we are at critical crossroads and decision points. I think reviewing the impact (positive and negative) of our personal history and past decisions in this reflection process is instructive and helpful. I want to make more space for reflection in my daily life.

3. Two meaningful quotes from Robert Jackall, Moral Mazes (2010)
“... bureaucratic work causes people to bracket off, while at work, the moralities they might hold outside the workplace... or privately and to follow instead the prevailing morality of their particular organizational situation. As a former vice-president of a large firm says: ‘What is right in the corporation is not what is right in a man’s home or his church. What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you.’
... Actual organizational moralities are thus contextual, situational, and highly specific, and, most often, unarticulated.”  (2010)

Take Aways for Kelly
1. I was encouraged to hear several talk about the personal challenge/responsibility to live in integrity. And that corruption is not just about the bad people, bad leaders, and bad systems “out there.” A drop of hypocrisy pollutes integrity. But a drop of integrity does not purify hypocrisy. ‘Like a trampled stream and a polluted well so are righteous people who give way before the wicked’ (Proverbs 25:26).

2. I am especially challenged by these quotes from the readings:
--“When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance [inner disharmony between our ideal self and actual self] that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.” (Tavris and Aronson, 2007)

“The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains…none were free…The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power forever.” (Dickens, 1843) 


 Applications
Watch the 14 minute TedxTalk on Courage or Cowardice.
--How can the issues raised support your living in integrity?
--How do the issues raised affect your living in integrity as a global citizen?


Friday, 9 December 2016

Global Integrity 23

International Anti-Corruption Day
Moral Wholeness for a Whole World
Logo for International Anti-Corruption Day 2016
Now in its 14th year

Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Its opposite is corruption, the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is moral wholeness at all levels in our world—from the individual to the institutional to the international. Global integrity is requisite for “building the future we want—being the people we need.” It is not easy, it is not always black and white, and it can be risky. These entries explore the many facets of integrity with a view towards the global efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing.
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Today, 9 December, is the UN—and the world community’s—International Anti-Corruption Day. It is a good day (and impetus) to reflect on how each of us can prevent and fight corruption as well as how each of us can cultivate integrity in our spheres of influence, starting with ourselves. The theme this year is “Unite Against Corruption” and it is a tangible expression of Sustainble Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) with its cross-cutting emphases on strong institutions, good governance, peaceful societies, and anti-corruption.

Just as important for the realization of SDG 16 and any effort to confront corruption is the commitment to “Unite for Integrity.” So perhaps it is time for a UN Global Integrity Day. More information about International Anti-Corruption Day is on the official UN site: http://www.anticorruptionday.org/

"Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It can refer to the destruction of one’s honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity or honesty. It also refers to those who use a position of power or trust for dishonest gain. Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments, and sets countries back economically. Corruption comes in various forms such as bribery, law-breaking without dealing with the consequences in a fair manner, unfairly amending election processes and results, and covering mistakes or silencing whistleblowers (those who expose corruption in hope that justice would be served)."

"By resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The assembly urged all states and competent regional economic integration organizations to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to ensure its rapid entry into force. UNCAC is the first legally binding, international anti-corruption instrument that provides a chance to mount a global response to corruption." Source: http://www.timeanddate.com

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Global Integrity 22

Christian Missional Integrity 
Moral Wholeness for a Whole World


Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Its opposite is corruption, the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is moral wholeness at all levels in our world—from the individual to the institutional to the international. Global integrity is requisite for “building the future we want—being the people we need.” It is not easy, it is not always black and white, and it can be risky. These entries explore the many facets of integrity with a view towards the global efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing.
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Integrity in Christian Mission

Your throne, God, shall last forever and ever,
your royal sceptre is a sceptre of integrity;
virtue you love as much as you hate wickedness.
Psalm 45:6-7 (cited in Hebrews 1:8-9)

This entry features excerpts from the opening and closing parahgraphs in the Introduction to Serving Jesus with Integrity: Ethics and Accountability in Mission (2010), edited by Dwight Baker and Douglas Hayward. This book's sixteen chapters cover a wide range of important topics realted to integrity, collectively addressing some of the challenges, inconsistencies, guidelines, and virtuous examples that are all intertwined in Christian mission (protestant). It is organized into six parts. Integrity in: 1. Message, Finances, Relationships; 2. Personal Morality; 3. Insitutional Practice; 4. the Field; 5. Recrutment and Representation; and 6. Intentional Accountability. 

My take-away: Misisional integrity, like integrity in any area of work (e.g., business, humanitarian, education, politics), is founded upon personal integrity. And personal inegrity is founded upon moral wholeness.

“But ethical formulations and ethical instruction in themselves are not sufficient. Viewed simply as adherence to rules, ethics falls short. Even apart from our human penchant for evading or overstepping rules, we simply cannot manufacture rules enough…We need to be changed, to become new creatures, if our practice is to change fundamentally….” (p. xii)

“Ethical reflection is never finished. It is an ongoing discussion. In reaching for the ultimate, we are always enmeshed in and struggle with the penultimate, where we need careful thought, consultation with peers and fellow followers of Jesus, and guidelines if we are to make our way reliably and with integrity. As products of mature ethical reflection, codes, and guidelines are useful implements…assisting us in becoming people 'whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil' (Heb. 5:14 NRSV).” (p. xviii)

Applications
--In additon to the "human penchant for evading or overstepping rules," how is integrity affected by the human propensity to lie (intentionally, unconsciously and everything mixed in between), as well as to slant perspectives, memories, and issues in order to cast oneself in a favorable light or avoid scrutiny?

--"We need to be changed..."  Sounds good. But how does this happen?

--What do you do to practically help make your way "reliably and with integrity" in life and in life's challenging ethical situations?