Thursday 15 December 2011

MC-MH: Global Integration—10

Moral Courage and Global Duty  
Certainty of death, small chance of success...
What are we waiting for?
Gimli, contemplating going to the Black Gate of Mordor,
based on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
This is the final entry regarding future directions for integration. We defined integration as a field of study which brings together the disciplines of mental health and theology in order to better understand and help humans. Ultimately the desire in all of our integrative endeavors is to glorify God, and as  Paul says, ‘whether we are here on earth or at home with the Lord, our ambition is to be pleasing to Him' (2 Cor. 5:8). We have been discussing how the ongoing/additional links between member care (MC) and mental health (MH) are highly relevant for the global development of integration—global integration (GI). And we have looked at how GI can be very relevant (currently and potentially) for the global development of mission/aid and human health.
Our exploration has really just begun. It awaits development by other colleagues in the field of integration (ranging from senior to early career to students). These are colleagues who recognize the opportunity and duty to take integration far more globally. I believe that their moral courage and competencies will chart a strategic course for GI, right into the heart of the challenges facing humanity. So what are we waiting for?
Here is a summary list of the 10 areas (entries) that we have covered in our journey into GI. I have also included some of the main points for each entry.  
1. Foundations and Directions
GI involves: growing deeply and going broadly; building on foundations; developing new competencies; breaking bubbles; crossing sectors; taking risks; and challenging the status quo. And doing all these things on behalf of humanity in need.
2. Windows and Agendas
Depending on the work-life expectancy for those involved in integration, there is a 10-40 year “window” of development. What will integration be like and where will it be during this time period—from now until say 2050? Should we intentionally shape it in different ways? If so, how?
3. Tran(s)pan in the GI Commons
We must go further and deeper if we are to truly develop GI, or better, a “GI Commons” in which a diversity of humans can meet on a level field for mutual exchanges and mutual support. Something new needs to emerge…I think it will involve in its core a shift in mentality and a shift in lifestyle.
4. Global Integration and Psychology International
As we stay in touch with global mental health resources and developments, including psychology international, we will be better equipped to provide member care in mission/aid and beyond.
5. Mapping GI
Based on my recent article on global mental health, six initial categories of resources and involvement are suggested for “mapping” GI. These  include: organizations, publications, conferences, training, human rights, and humanitarian action.  
6. Finding Our GI Voices
How can we practically connect and contribute, with some current examples involving global health and the United Nations.
 7. GI Footprints
Explores where GI is making its mark and where it is not. Where does integration need to go globally?
8. Climbing or Confining: Three Commitments for GI
Reviews the need for staying current, reviewing resources, and being actively involved in GI.
9. Drafting Your GI Statement
Suggestions for writing a short personal statement about how your work, life, values, and aspirations connect/contribute to the global world.
10. Conclusion: Moral Courage and Global Duty
Humanity is waiting. So what are we waiting for?
Tu nobis Victor Rex, miserere.
Reflection and Discussion
Which of the 10 entries was the most challenging, helpful, and/or directional for you?
In what ways are moral courage and global duty part of your life?

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