Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 7

Member Care Updates

Special News--January 2020

Issue 129
Member Care Updates
Expanding the global impact of member care
Working together for wellbeing and effectiveness


Special News--January 2020
Following Jesus Globally

The Global Pearl of Great Price
Applications for Member Care and Mission


The Pearl of Great Price
Detail from cover: 
Global Member Care Volume Two (2013)

Whoever serves me must follow me;
and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves me
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John 12:26 NIV 

Warm greetings!

In this Update we feature one item: a short article that we jointly authored, just published online in the Lausanne Global Analysis. In it we distill several of our core perspectives and strategies for staying current and relevant in view of the many new challenges and opportunities for serving Jesus in our world.


Following Jesus Globally: Engaging the World through Global Integration
--The article is also in French, Spanish, and Portuguese (official translations by the Lausanne Movement). We also link to a copy of the article which has a translation tool for 50 languages (not official translations by the Lausanne Movement).
--We list five suggestions at the end of this Update to stimulate discussions and applications of this article for mission and member care.
--We plan to host online round tables in 2020 as a way to further interact with colleagues about the themes in this article.

Please consider discussing and sharing this Update/article with your colleagues and networks. And join the conversation--consider 
writing a short comment at the end of the article. Many thanks!

See also:
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Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples (MC Update, June 2019)
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Righteous and Relevant Leaders (MC Update, June 2018)
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Global Member Care Model—Seven Spheres (MC Update, February 2017)
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Our Special News-Updates 1) promote the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff and sending groups and 2) support the diversity of colleagues with member care responsibilities. The focus is on the mission sector with applications for/from the overlapping health, development, and humanitarian sectors.
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle

     
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Featured Resources
Following Jesus Globally
The Global Pearl of Great Price
Applications for Member Care and Mission


UN photo (UNRWA)
Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, Syria (January 2014)


Global Integration:
A framework for actively and responsibly engaging with our world,
collaborating locally through globally for God’s glory.

For the last 10 years we have been working increasingly across sectors (humanitarian, health, development, peace-security, United Nations) as psychologists in mission. Central to our work has been a simple, strategic framework which we call  Global Integration (GI). GI is a framework for actively and responsibly engaging with our world, collaborating locally through globally for God’s glory.
What's in the Article?
In Following Jesus Globally, we share our updated description of the GI framework and present the material in terms of three strategic “GI Directions” to carefully and prayerfully consider:

--Following Jesus into Humanity Care
--Following Jesus with Global Integrity
--Following Jesus as Global Integrators.

We conclude this short article with a checklist of seven “directional commitments” for engaging in our world strategically and relevantly, locally and globally. The 20+ end notes include many additional perspectives and resources too. 


What Does it Mean?
Some Applications for Member Care and Mission

Following Jesus Globally, like the GI framework itself, is meant to help us forge new relationships and pursue new opportunities for addressing major issues affecting our world and especially the Church-Mission Community’s work among unreached peoples. It supports our efforts for being salt and light for God’s glory; promoting the growth and development of workers in the context of sacrifice, stressful work, and prudent risk; calling upon our best selves--the common sense of our human belonging, identity, and mutual responsibility--as we seek to engage our precarious, perilous, yet precious world as followers of Jesus Christ.

Here are five areas of application for the GI Directions emphasized in the article (humanity care, global integrity, global integrators). How can these GI Directions help us to:

--Support mission workers and sending groups in their well-being and effectiveness?
--Equip mission workers and sending groups with tools and opportunities for their work?
--Equip member care colleagues who work with others besides mission staff?
--Support colleagues across sectors via materials developed in member care/mission?
--Stay informed about and pray for current and crucial issues facing humanity?

Notes
--For more ideas for applying GI Directions including across sectors, see the 
Volume 2--Application Section on the website for the Global Member Care book series.
--Here is a 
separate link a copy of the English version which provides a translation tool into 50 languages. These additional translations are separate from the three official-professional translations done for the Lausanne Movement’s Global Analysis (French, Spanish, Portuguese). We note that online translations are helpful yet have limits, as the technical terms and idioms, for example, are not always easily translated or understood. 


Friday, 29 November 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 6

Global Integration Updates
Special News--December
 2019
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Global Integration Updates
Common Ground for the Common Good 
Build the world we need--Be the people we need


Special News--December 2019
Peace, Justice, Inclusion
and Strong Institutions

Updates on Sustainable Development Goal 16+
HERE is the link for the full Update



Advances in ending violence, promoting the rule of law, strengthening institutions and increasing access to justice are uneven and continue to deprive millions of their security, rights and opportunities and undermine the delivery of public services and broader economic development. Attacks on civil society are also holding back development progress. Renewed efforts are essential to move towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16. Progress on the SDGs: Report of the Secretary-General, UN (paragraph 37, July 2019)
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In this Update we focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16+ (SDG 16+). SDG16+ includes additional Targets from seven other 17 SDGs and hence provides a broader framework for peace, justice, and inclusive societies.  It is seen to be "an enabler and accelerator" for all the SDGs.

We feature four recent resources-reports which collectively describe the good news and bad news about progress, and the challenges of measuring progress,  on the SDG 16+ and its TargetsThey are:

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The SDG Report 2019, United Nations (2019)
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SDG Tracker, Goal 16, Our World in Data (2019)
--Implementation of the 2030 Agenda through SDG 16+, Global Alliance (2019)
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SDG 16+ Progress Report, Institute for Economics and Peace (2019)

We encourage you to look over the summaries in the above materials (we orient you below using blue highlights). And then go deeper as you have time and interest. It is not necessarily exciting reading, yet we think it is essential reading to inform and impact our work across sectors, countries, and SDGs.

We finish with some brief reflections on "fulfilling our political and moral responsibilities" in the efforts to realize the SDGs. This includes prioritizing both social transformation and personal transformation, confronting corruption along with developing integrity, and encouraging faith-based efforts in SDG efforts and vice versa.

See also:

--Peace and Security  (resources on our MCA website)
--Integrity and Accountability for UN Staff, UN Special (March 2017, April 2017)
--9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day
--10 December: Human Rights Day
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle
     
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Monday, 3 June 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 5

Special News--June 2019
Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples
Leaving the one to search for the 99?
Here is the link for the full Update


Death Valley, California-USA  Image courtesy and ©2019 ENOD

My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.


This Update emphases unreached peoples, community development, mental health in mission, and of course, member care. Specifically, we feature the upcoming International Day for the Unreached  (9 June, Pentecost Sunday) and invite you to learn more about this special day of advocacy, prayer, and its webcast on behalf of unreached peoples. Save the date!

We also feature 
Serving Well (2019), a book focusing on cross-cultural Christian workers, and three resources for community development in mission: Setting Up Community Health and Development Programmes in Low and Middle Income Settings (2019, 4th edition), the Million Village Challenge; and Global Mental Health--What's Up? (2019) [coming soon].

Our theme this month builds upon the 
parable on the 100 sheep (Matthew 18:12-14): In what ways can we emulate God's love by searching out and engaging with communities among the estimated three billion people in culturally-distant, unreached people groups? We believe it is crucial for us all to think about applications at all levels of mission--personal through partnerships, local through global-- for what it would also mean to leave the one (the found) in order to search for the other 99 (the lost).

See also: 
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Member Care and Unreached Peoples (Member Care Update, April 2019)
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Being Faith-Based and Evidence Based (Global Integration Update, May 2019)
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Our Special News-Updates 1) promote the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff and sending groups and 2) support the diversity of colleagues with member care responsibilities. The focus is on the mission sector with applications for/from the overlapping health, development, and humanitarian sectors.

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle

Here is the link for the full Update
     
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 Member Care UpdatesGlobal Integration Updates,
member care booksand recent MCA publications.


Saturday, 11 May 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 4

Member Care--Unreached Peoples
Reviewing and Renewing Our Roots
Special News April 2019: Member Care Update

There is nothing too glamorous about missions...especially missions that target the most historically neglected peoples and places in the world….[Mission workers] are committed to go to the ends of the earth to serve such needy people. And member care workers are committed to support them in their efforts as long as it takes, even until the end of the age. 
Doing Member Care Well, 2002, page 1
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In this Issue, Number 120, marks the 10 year anniversary of our monthly MC Updates. It is a special celebratory issue in which we reaffirm a special strategic focus: supporting the people and organizations who are prioritizing work among unreached peoples. We believe it is both timely and crucial to review and renew the member care field's historic emphasis on unreached peoples--our MC-UP roots.

We feature the recent article, Clarifying the Remaining Frontier Mission Task (Rebecca Winter Lewis), and include two of its summary charts. We also share info/links to: a) quotes on Member Care and Unreached Peoples over the past 35 years (Kelly's writings); and b) some organizations spearheading prayer for the world and information on unreached peoples.

Our hope is that this Update will encourage us all to consider our lives and work in light of the dearth of culturally-relevant Christ-followers--workers and communities/movements--present in major blocks of humanity (i.e. the estimated 3+ billion  culturally-distant people in unreached people groups). How can we responsibly shape and actively support the Church-Mission efforts among the most historically neglected peoples of the world? Let's review and renew our MC-UP roots!

Read more HERE.



Saturday, 2 March 2019

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 3

Wellbeing for All
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A New Paradigm to Guide and Goad Us

This is a webinar was done on 29 November 2018 (we presented). It was organized by the Lausanne Movement’s Global Mental Health and Trauma Network. Click the title above to access the powerrpoint and notes (notes are under the slides). To watch the webinar, click  HERE--available 1 March 2019).

Example--Slide 2

This webinar focuses on Global Mental Health (GMH) and its relevance for the Church-Mission Community (CMC)—and vice versa. Foundational for our discussion is exploring how we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God ordained beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
             
We overview GMH and its influence as a new paradigm, a growing movement, and a core part of the world community’s major efforts to realize sustainable development and wellbeing for all. We then highlight 10 areas for GMH-CMC engagement.

GMH-CMC engagement is a major strategic and largely overlooked opportunity for “mental health as mission” (mhM). Many among the hundreds of million people currently suffering from mental, neurological, or substance use conditions reside in low-resource countries--including being part of people groups and/or in settings of conflict/calamity with limited or no access to both the Christian message and effective treatments.

What are we waiting for?!
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Notes for Slide 2:
Opening remarks by UN  Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace,
24 April 2018
“We must recognize that in some fundamental ways, our world is going backwards. More countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades. Record numbers of civilians are being killed or injured by explosive weapons in urban areas. Record numbers of people are on the move, displaced by violence, war and persecution. We see horrific violations of human rights, and rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia. Inequalities are increasing; whole regions, countries and communities can find themselves isolated from progress and left behind by growth. Women and girls face discrimination of all kinds. These are all indications that we need greater unity and courage – to ease the fears of the people we serve; to set the world on track to a better future; and to lay the foundations of sustainable peace and development.”

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 2

Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases 

Applications for the
Church-Mission Community and Unreached People Groups
(MH/NCDs--CMC/UPGs)

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There is a new advocacy article on mental health that Kelly has co-authored. It was written for the general public to better understand how mental health is linked to the physical non-communicable diseases (NCDs)--e.g., cancer, diabetes, respiratory, cardio-vascular, and the impact of unhealthy nutrition/diet, obesity, inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, tobacco, etc. The article is directly related to SDG 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.”  United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4
  

The article just went on the website for the NCD Alliance’s Enough Campaign—“Our health. Our right. Right now.. This major, global Campaign is bringing together the voices of hundreds of organizations, calling governments to fulfill their commitments to prevent and treat NCDs and doing so en route to the third High-Level Meeting on NCDs to be held at the UN New York this September. We have been tracking with the global efforts to prevent and treat NCDs for seven years (e.g., see Kelly’s summary of his time at the first NCD High Level Meeting on NCDs at the UN, CORE Member Care, 30 September 2011).  


We think MH-NCDs is especially relevant for the mission of the global-local Church e.g. (mental health as mission). We also see major applications for those working with Unreached People Groups (UPGs). See below for more information and perspectives oriented for the Church-Mission Community (CMC). Please do feel free share with others!
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Linking Mental Health/NCDs and UPGs
Opportunities for the Church-Mission Community
Mental health as mission--What are we waiting for?

“Take special note that approximately 80% of the [estimated 40 million annual] deaths from NCDs occur among people in low-middle income countries (LMICs). I hasten to add that many of the world’s poor live in LMICs and are in fact part of people groups that lack a viable Christian presence [Unreached People Groups, Least-Reached People Groups].”
Kelly O’Donnell, Finding our Global Integration Voices, CORE Member Care (30 September 2011).

By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.”  United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4

Presenting a New Advocacy Article for Mental Health
Linking Mental Health and the NCD Alliance Campaign Priorities for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs is a new advocacy article, authored by Julian Eaton, Kelly O’Donnell, Lucy Westerman, and Fiona Adshead. Here is the summary: “Mental health conditions are one of the major groups of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with crucial relevance in efforts to control and prevent NCDs. Mental health also has links to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and other physical NCDs. By considering mental ill health and other NCDs together, we can improve the lives of people affected by NCDs worldwide, and guide advocacy at global, regional and national level for strong commitments at the September 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.”

The piece was done in association with the NCD Alliance, the World Federation for Mental Health, and the Mental Health Innovation Network. It was just posted on the NCD Alliance’s website (Enough Campaign) and is already making its rounds far and wide. This short piece contains many infographics and six key messages for action in order to quickly orient you to mental health and NCD issues and indeed the NCD epidemic.


Increasing Relevance for the Church-Mission Community and UPGs
The Church-Mission Community (CMC) has a vast number of local members/ministries around the world that are in strategic places to potentially help those with mental conditions and promote mental wellbeing. Mental health as mission is a viable albeit overlooked component of sharing the good news and good works—mission strategy. Here are two quotes that shine light on opportunities for the increased engagement by the CMC in mental health/NCDs, especially among Unreached People Groups (UPGs).

“NCDs can affect you and me and our loved ones. And they can and do affect mission/aid workers and certainly the people with whom they work. Understanding and preventing NCDs and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices should be a core part of the member care that we provide in mission/aid and in any global health efforts…”

“Take special note that approximately 80% of the [estimated 40 million annual] deaths from NCDs occur among people in low-middle income countries (LMICs). I hasten to add that many of the world’s poor live in LMICs and are in fact part of people groups that lack a viable Christian presence (UPGs, LPGs). Who are the people and organizations that are explicitly talking about the epidemic of NCDs in terms of people groups and Christian witness/responsibility? Or for that matter who is addressing the massive untreated mental health disorders in LMICs in view of Christian witness/responsibility? There is a huge opportunity for the church-mission community to confront the NCD epidemic as part of our commitment to bring love and healing to the peoples of the earth.” Kelly O’Donnell, Finding our Global Integration Voices, CORE Member Care (30 September 2011)


Mental Health as Mission: Resources for the CMC
-- New Global Member Care Model: February 2017
--Psychological First Aid: August 2016
--Global Mental Health as Mission–Overview and Opportunities: April 2016
--Migrant Care–Hospitality for Humanity: October 2015
-- Trauma: July 2015
-- Creative Tools for Healing: October 2014
-- Doing Mental Health Well: May 2014
--Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: September 2013
-- Mental Health as Mission: September 2012

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 1

Proposal
Unreached People Groups

Sustainable Development Goals
(UPGs and SDGs)



A Proposal
We are considering a new series of blog entries (and/or perspectives/articles from various colleagues) that will look at the relationship between UPGs and SDGs: connecting points for collaboration, issues, and opportunities on behalf of some of the most vulnerable, overlooked, and often resilient people in the world. How does the global Church-Mission Community (CMC) involvement in the good news and good works especially on behalf of UPGs relate to the world community's efforts (spearheaded by the United Nations and Civil Society groups) to promote sustainable development especially via the SDGs. And vice versa.  What are some examples of collaboration or non-collaboration, and the results? TBD

Humanity Care—excerpts from Member Care Update, February 2017
“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….Humanity Care, reflects the growing interests and involvements in wellbeing for all people. It surrounds the other six spheres and is itself contained within the missio Dei, that is, the overall work of God in the world through Divine, secular, ecclesiastical, missiological, etc. means. Here is an abridged description of the seven spheres….

Sphere 7. Humanity Care: The Flow of Common Good
There is a tremendous need to address major problems affecting the wellbeing of people and the planet. Both member care and mission provide many opportunities for strategic involvement—at local to global levels—by Christian colleagues [from all backgrounds, across sectors, cultures, countries, etc.] who can leverage their character, competencies, and compassion. Those with member care responsibility in particular are encouraged to connect and contribute in our globalizing world in new ways for the common good while maintaining the focus on supporting the health, resiliency, and effectiveness of the diversity of mission personnel and their sending groups.”

Friday, 24 November 2017

MC Sync-Link 12

Member Care Update—December 2017
Special News—1 December 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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The Essential Review
Three Years of Resources and Reflections
(2015-2017 Index)
(preview of the Global Integration Update for December 2017)
Click HERE to access it.


In this summary Update we index the GI Updates from 2015-2017. These 17 Updates both shape and are shaped by the foundational thinking for the global integration framework (defined below). They contain crucial resources and reflections for understanding and engaging with major issues facing our world. We have kept the Index simple. It includes the title, link, and a short description of the contentWe encourage you to review the Index and to note the topics (resources and reflections) that are the most relevant for your work.

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 & core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based).

This Update concludes with seven commitments that reflect many of the values and directions that have influenced our development of the global integration framework. Ultimately global integration involves "global integrators" whose lifestyles are marked with personal integrity, relevant skills, and healthy relationships that are leveraged for good. (adapted from the summary entry for the Global Integrators series, CORE Member Care, December 2015)

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michele



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Friday, 27 October 2017

MC Sync-Link 11

Member Care Update—November 2017
Special News—1 November 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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Helping the Helpers
50 Resources for Humanitarian Workers
(reposted from the Global Integration Update, October 2017)
Click HERE to access it.

ICRC staff in Yemen. Reposted from Global Geneva magazine.

“What pushes me to act as a humanitarian?...It’s possible to go two days without eating. But if you have water, you can survive.” “Of course we feel homesick, we are away from our families. But this is the humanitarian world and we have to accept how it is.” “Why would anyone kill a child?” “All these little girls [sexually abused] that came to us. And I have my own girl… [But helping] is the greatest joy that I can have.” Voices from the Field video, United Nations (August, 2014)

 In this Update we focus on the wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) of staff in the humanitarian sector. Organized into six topics, the sample of 50 resources are a mixture of current, core, and classic materials over the years. Several are translated into different languages. Keep in mind that everyone involved in the humanitarian sector benefits from special support to stay resilient and healthy. This includes administrators, managers, leaders, volunteers, international and local/national staff, the family members, and the organizations themselves. 

This Update’s emphasis on humanitarian WE is a follow up and application of the 10 October World Mental Health Day theme of “Mental Health in the Workplace” and the 19 August World Humanitarian Day theme of #NotATarget.” The resources we feature and reference are also relevant for the overlapping sectors of health, development, mission, etc. We conlcude with a brief reflection on "Knitting the Network..for WE."

Warm greetings from Geneva,

Kelly and Michele

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

MC Sync-Link 10

Member Care Update--October 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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Special News

A New Season for Relevance and Resilience

Click HERE to access this Update

Dear colleagues,

We are in the process of adjusting the various Updates that we send out. A new season is here for relevance and resilience—in light of global issues, responsibilities, and opportunities!  Here are some of the ideas we are considering for a new type of Update to further support you and your work: 

1) sending Updates periodically rather than monthly; 
2) featuring guest consultants-contributors; 
3) focusing on a combination of global issues, mental health, integrity, and member care; 
4) continuing our emphasis on truth and peace (Zechariah 8:19) in the church-mission community;
5) and complementing the Updates with interactive webinars and roundtable consultations related to practical applications of the Missio Dei model of global member care. 

Note that the September 2017 Member Care Update is an especially valuable resource as it contains a summary of all of our Updates over the years (100 issues). This summary Update also includes a final section (Personal Reflections) with our thoughts about the crucial relevance of “global integration” for member care and mission.  So…we encourage you to save it and use it!

Also note that the latest Global Integration Update (August 2017) is on the theme of “Everyday Global Heroes: Moral Lives Matter” and the previous issue is on “Doomsday: Next Stop, Global Dis-Integration?” (June 2017).  Have a look!

All of our Updates (member careglobal integration) are archived on our MCA website (http://membercareassociates.org/).

We welcome your ideas! Contact us at MCAresources@gmail.com  

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michele



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