Friday, 26 February 2021

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 12

 

Member Care Updates

Special News--March 2021

Issue 143

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


Special News--March 2021
Global Trends
Applications for Mission and Member Care



Image courtesy and © 2016 ENOD

It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:7-8). This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).
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In this Update we focus on global trends—examples of perspectives and priorities from various sectors (part one) and mission/member care sources (part two). We do this with a view towards applications for mission and member care: the challenges and opportunities for seeing the good news and good works going forward among all nations and peoples (part three).
 
We encourage you to go over the trends and discuss them with colleagues. How can they inform your work in mission and member care? And your life and lifestyle? What other important trends do you see happening, including positive ones?! We also encourage a group of colleagues in the member care community to join together in developing, sharing, and updating an annotated list of member care trends and directions.

Keep in mind that when we talk about trends we are not simply talking about statistics but about major influences affecting real people on our beleaguered planet. It helps us to think of people and places we know and love, as a way to link with the trends in a more personal and practical way.


We also continue to include Perspectives and Resources for Covid Care (part four). These materials have been compiled over the past year to support you, others in your life, and your work in mission and member care. We also acknowledge that there are of course many views about this pandemic including how best to manage it and future pandemics via science, policy, and public cooperation.

Going further--See these Member Care Updates:

MC Centers/Hubs–Collaborating for Global Impact (March 2020)
Member Care and Unreached Peoples (April 2019)
Building Our Future Foundations Now!  (March 2017)
50+ Years of MC History: Our Foundations and Future (April 2015)

Warm greetings,
Kelly and Michèle

     
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Featured Resources
Global Trends
Applications for Mission and Member Care


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"To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken."

UN Secretary General António Guterres, 2 December 2020
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Part One: Global Trends
Perspectives and Priorities from the Sectors

Ten Priorities for 2021. UN Secretary General António Guterres, UN General Assembly (28 January 2021). “…Excellencies, 2020 brought us tragedy and peril. 2021 must be the year to change gear and put the world on track. We need to move from death to health; from disaster to reconstruction; from despair to hope; from business as usual to transformation. The Sustainable Development Goals are more important now than ever. Now is the time to secure the well-being of people, economies, societies and our planet. It is possible. So we must make it happen. Together.” In addition to the text linked above, you can also watch the video HERE.

Here is a list of the 10 priorities presented by Guterres, summarized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
--Respond to COVID-19
--Start an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery
--Make peace with nature
--Tackle poverty and inequality
--Reverse the assault on human rights
--Gender equality, the greatest human rights challenge
--Heal geopolitical rifts
--Reverse the erosion of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime
--Seize the opportunities of digital technologies while protecting against their growing dangers
--Launch a reset for the 21st century


Image souurce: UN Department of Global Communications


The World in 2021: Ten Trends to Watch in the Coming Year. The Economist (November 2020). “The coming year promises to be particularly unpredictable, given the interactions between the pandemic, an uneven economic recovery and fractious geopolitics. This annual [issue] will, we hope, help you improve your odds as you navigate the risks and opportunities ahead. And it’s not all doom and gloom. Our special section, “Aftershocks”, considers some of the lessons, and chances for positive change, that have emerged from the crisis.” Each of the 10 trends summarized is linked to an article in this special issue (a subscription is required to read beyond the first two paragraphs of each article).


Ten Humanitarian Crises and Trends to Watch in 2021. The New Humanitarian (January 2021). “Our aim is to offer a forward-looking view of current and emerging issues that are likely to drive new humanitarian needs. While we point to some geographically specific crises, we also look at cross-cutting trends, from growing food insecurity to faltering peace deals. This list is informed by our reporting from humanitarian hotspots around the globe — more than 70 countries in 2020 — and our editors’ research and discussions with analysts, aid workers, and those affected by conflict and disasters. Here’s why the crises and trends listed below (in random order, as this is not a ranked list) have our attention — and should demand yours.” See also the crowd-sourced list of 10 humanitarian trends for 2021.


2020 Year in Review: The Impact of COVID-19 in 12 Charts, World Bank (6 languages). “This time last year, concepts such as “lockdowns,” “mask mandates” and “social distancing” were unknown to most of us. Today they are part of our everyday language as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our lives. Through the following 12 charts and graphics, we try to quantify and provide an overview of our colleagues’ research in the face of a truly unprecedented crisis.” Focus is on the economic-human impacts. 


Ten Global Health Trends to Track in 2021. World Health Organization (December 2020). “2020 was a devastating year for global health. A previously unknown virus raced around the world, rapidly emerging as one of its top killers, laying bare the inadequacies of health systems. Today, health services in all regions are struggling to both tackle COVID-19, and provide people with vital care….So in 2021, countries around the world will need to continue battle COVID-19 (albeit with the knowledge that effective tools are evolving). They will need to move swiftly to repair and reinforce their health systems so they can deliver these tools, and to address the key societal and environmental issues that result in some sections of the population suffering so much more than others….we will support them in building strong health systems and healthy populations. Here are 10 ways we will do this:”


World Report 2021. Human Rights Watch (December 2020).“This 31st annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide in 2020. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff conducted during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.” It begins with an op-ed on “Redeeming a US Role in Human Rights”—note that we do not agree with all the assertions in this op-ed.

UN S-G Guterres Address, 22 February 2021 at the opening of UN Human Rights Council: “Human rights are our bloodline; they connect us to one another, as equals. Human rights are our lifeline; they are the pathway to resolving tensions and forging lasting peace. And, human rights are on the frontline; they are the building blocks of a world of dignity and opportunity for all – and they are under fire every day.”
 

Photography 4 HumanityHuman Rights Exhibit, UN (2021)


UN News: Global Perspective—Human Stories.  Peace and Security Section. Current and past brief reports on events and situations relating to peace/security around the world. With links to audios for News in Brief, interviews, and podcasts. See also the Global Peace Index 2020, Institute for Economics and Peace. Executive Summary on pages 2-4.


Making Peace with Nature: A Scientific Blueprint to Tackle the Climate, Biodiversity, and Pollution Emergencies (February 2020). UN Environment ProgrammeLinks to the Executive Summary, Key Messages, and the full Report are in the link above. Overview-promo video HERE (2 minutes).  Summary:
"--Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution add up to three self-inflicted planetary crises that are closely interconnected and put the well-being of current and future generations at unacceptable risk.
--Ambitious and coordinated action by governments, businesses and people around the world can prevent and reverse the worst impacts of environmental decline by rapidly transforming key systems including energy, water and food so that our use of the land and oceans becomes sustainable.
--Transforming social and economic systems means improving our relationship with nature, understanding its value and putting that value at the heart of our decision making.” (excerpts from 
Key Messages)



Part Two: Global Trends
Perspectives and Priorities from Mission-Member Care


Image courtesy and © 2016 ENOD

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” John 1:19-21, The Message 

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The Status of Global Christianity 2021, Center for the Study of Global Christianity. “Every year in the International Bulletin of Mission Research we present an annual snapshot of global Christianity, a one-page version of which can be downloaded for free here. The table provides a statistical overview of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians and their activities.”

Seven trends from the Center’ annual report, outlined by Christian TrendWatcher:
--The world is becoming more religious, not less
--The global church is becoming more Evangelical and Charismatic
--The Global South is in the lead
--Cities are the growing mission field
 --Mission is becoming more indigenous and fragmented
--Christian resources are growing
--Integrity matters


COVID-19, Trends in Global Mission, and Faithful Witness. Paul Bendor-Samuel. Tansformation: “An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies (November 2020). “Mission is shaped by the life and experience of the church, both past and present, and this in turn is the function of both the work of the Spirit of God and the interaction of the people of God with their contexts. In line with this position, we examine the impact of Covid-19, highlighting some elements of the global context of mission, trends in world Christianity and mission. We then explore how global mission is in a process of realignment that has the potential to be enhanced through embracing the conditions Covid-19 has imposed on us. Finally, we consider the need for deep reflection on our identity if we are to take the opportunity to bear faithful witness in this moment.”


Blessing the Planet—Blessing the PeoplesMember Care Update (January 2021), “In this Update we turn our attention to the responsibility to steward creation well--our living in harmony with nature and protecting the earth. In so doing we honor the Creator and seek to bless the entire planet and all the peoples, and hence as far as the curse is found. We feature the recent Special Address by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the State of the Planet (part one). This 28 minute video is a good way to overview and probe the ongoing climate-environment concerns and crises, actions and debates…And then as you have time and interest, part two encourages us to go deeper, presenting several resources related to climate and the environment for perspectives and insights (faith-based, civil society, UN).”


 Global Treasures for a Global Field. Kelly O’Donnell. Member Care in India: Ministry Call to Home Call (2012). ”This article explores member care “treasures.” Treasures refer to the crucial directions and resources needed to support the diversity of Christian workers and senders around the world, both now and in the future. The focus on treasures is reflected in Christ’s conclusion to the Kingdom parables: “Therefore every scribe that has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of the house that brings from his treasure new things and old things” (Matthew 13:52). Doing member care well, as disciples of the kingdom, thus involves the ongoing process of blending fresh, relevant approaches (new treasures) with foundational, relevant approaches (old treasures)….

The member care field therefore, while maintaining its core focus on supporting the diversity of mission/aid personnel, must expand into new international and cross-sector areas. Each of us for example, would do well to stay current with at least one related health area and/or international issue that we are particularly passionate about (including organizations, practitioners, resources etc related to the area/issue. We will need courage to face new challenges and a solid theology that sees God at work throughout the variety of human efforts and “treasures” around the world.”

Note: If you have recent examples of trends/core issues and future directions for member care, please let us know--articles/presentations with links.


Part Three: Global Trends
Applications for Mission and Member Care



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The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer (1 Peter 4:7). For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Take time to review the above trends and perspectives, including doing so with others.
--Are there other trends to include?
--What are some important applications for your life and work? 
--What are some important applications for your organization, for mission, and for member care?
--What kind of mechanism exists or could be developed within the global member care community to monitor, review, and discuss the practical implications-applications of global trends for both mission and member care?

For example, consider this application, stimulated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Less travel, more telecare...and perhaps less activity, more prayer (including teleprayer).


Ethne Prayer "is a network of networks established in 2004 with...1,000+ members...Our Goal is to see Global Body of Christ  informed and effective in Prayer for Unreached Peoples Groups and Kingdom movements to see peoples and nations obedient to Christ."
 

International Prayer Connect “is a coalition of 4,000+ Christian prayer networks and organizations who share a common vision--to mobilize and equip worldwide prayer for the blessing, healing and transformation of the nations.”

See also: 
Sojourning with Prayer and PraiseMember Care Update (February 2021)



Part Four: Covid Care
Perspectives and Resources
Don't fear. Trust God. Do good.


Image courtesy and ©2021 JMLOD

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39 NIV

Covid care: 
Promoting and maintaining resilience and wellbeing for all persons and peoples
(ranging from informal services to formal policies, local through global)
during the multi-faceted challenges of COVID-19 and beyond.

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1. Perspectives
Pandemics, like many crises, bring out the best and the worst in us--our selfless and our selfish qualities. The reality of the uncertainties and anxieties of life, and indeed survival--existential risk, "mortality reality"--is heavy upon the world. Positively, the current COVID-19 pandemic certainly provides plenty of opportunities for us all--individually and collectively--to reflect on the types of people we want to be, the types of societies we need to build, and the types of changes we have to make.

We join together in solidarity with the world community's efforts, locally through globally, on behalf of covid-care and in hopes to stir up the heroic in all of us. We also note that the many overlapping problems in our world continue unabated--pandemics themselves--even as this covid pandemic dominates the center stage globally: multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, human rights violations, gross inequalities, racism, mental ill health, environmental degradation, etc. This is the ongoing, cascading context--full of challenges and opportunities--in which member care resources need to be provided and developed for workers and their sending groups around the world. And from our faith-based perspective, as co-workers with God engaged in the many areas of “
humanity care,” we live and work for God’s glory. 

Our recent Updates below are compiled for helping ourselves and others with covid care. Examples of issues/resources: anxiety, trauma, depression, confinement, loneliness, loss, grief, relationship strains, coping for children, work insecurities, spiritual struggles, uncertainty/concerns about what is going on, etc. Have a look!

2. Resources for Covid Care
--Sojourning with Prayer and Praise...during the pandemic and beyond
Member Care Update (February 2021)
--Grieving Well--Healing Well: Resources for Growing through Loss
Global Integration Update (November 2020)
--Tough Times: Tougher People:  Best selves--Better world
Global Integration Update (October 2020)
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Uniting for Covid-Care: Real-Life Ordinary Heroes
Member Care Update (September 2020)
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Doing Good: Positive Stories in the Pandemic
Member Care Update (August 2020)
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Staying the Course in Global Member Care: Pandemics, Problems, and Beyond
Member Care Update (July 2020)
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Managing Stress and COVID-Distress: Faith-Based Resources
Member Care Update (June 2020)
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Staying Sane during COVID-19: Mental Health Resources 
Member Care Update (May 2020)
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Confronting COVID-19: “Don’t Be Afraid” 
Member Care Update (April 2020)

See also these resources:

--Lausanne Global Analysis (January 2021):
>Building Hope and Resilience in the COVID-19 Storm
>Faith, Health, and Collaborative Love
--Morning Prayer during COVID-19, World Council of Churches
--2020 Year in Review: The Impact of COVID-19 in 12 Charts, World Bank (6 languages)
--Curated COVID-19 Resources, SentWell
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Covid-19 Impact Survey (on missions, 141 organizations, USA based)
 Missio Nexus (Nov. 2020)
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Covid Resources, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College
--Global Health COVID-19 Response FrameworkWorld Council of Churches (Nov 2020)
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WHO COVID-19 Resources and Guidance, World Health Organization



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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 11

 

Member Care Updates

Special News--January 2021

Issue 141

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


Special News--January 2021
Blessing the Planet--Blessing the Peoples

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found.

Isaac Watts, 1719, Joy to the World


Image courtesy and (c) ENOD 2017 

The Christian mission requires that we meet basic human needs for education, food, water, medicine, justice, and peace. As is evident in the Apostle John’s assertion that Jesus was sent to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 NASB), our mission is to continue his earthly mission by undertaking the kind of organized research and enterprises that combat evil in all its forms—violence, injustice, poverty, environmental exploitation, drug trafficking, and disease”. David Hesselgrave, describing Ralph Winter’s “kingdom mission” (2010, p. 196). Quoted in Charting Your Course through the SectorsGlobal Member Care Volume 2 (pp. 10-11).

The Blessing
Music videos of this encouraging song, in multiple languages, during covid and beyond
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In this Update we turn our attention to the responsibility to steward creation well--our living in harmony with nature and protecting the earth. In so doing we honor the Creator and seek to bless the entire planet and all the peoples, and hence as far as the curse is found.

We feature the recent Special Address by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the 
State of the Planet (part one). This 28 minute video is a good way to overview and probe the ongoing climate-environment concerns and crises, actions and debates. This is the main item in the Update that we want to emphasize. And then as you have time and interest, part two encourages us to go deeper, presenting several resources related to climate and the environment for perspectives and insights (faith-based, civil society, UN).

Note that seven items below are in blue highlights--our suggestions for what to prioritize. It is impossible, and arguably irresponsible, for us to only share a couple items on such a crucial, vast, and diverse topic.

Guterres’ message (like the resources in this Update) does not shy away from presenting unpleasant news. In fact, it is disturbing. And it comes at a time when so many of us are really wanting—and needing—to hear some good news in our lives and world. Nonetheless, we encourage you to take the time to prioritize this Special Address, carefully review it, and discuss it with others. 

We also continue to include Perspectives and Resources for Covid Care (part three). These materials have been compiled over the past nine months to support you, your family, your organization, and others in your life and to support your work in mission and member care.

Finally, as you go through the resources in this Updateconsider the links between member care in mission and blessing the planet (creation care), blessing the peoples (humanity care), and battling the pandemic (covid care). This quote below--and others throughout this Update--will surely prime the pump!

“What percentage of non-Christians personally know a Christian?...The [research] results are startling in the sense that Christians and non-Christians appear to be living in quite separate worlds. This distance has implications for Christian missions but is also problematic when it comes to dialogue, peace initiatives, environmental and health challenges, and many other areas of human interaction. Our hope is that highlighting the problem will help in planning solutions for the future.” Todd Johnson, David Barrett, and Peter Crossing (2010, p. 29). Quoted in Charting Your Course through the SectorsGlobal Member Care Volume 2 (pp. 9-10).

Warm greetings,
Kelly and Michèle

     
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Blessing the Planet--Blessing the Peoples


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“To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken…Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back -- and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Address on The State of The Planet, 2 December 2020 

“If Jesus is Lord of all the earth, we cannot separate our relationship to Christ from how we act in relation to the earth. For to proclaim the gospel that says ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to proclaim the gospel that includes the earth, since Christ’s Lordship is over all creation. Creation care is thus a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.”  The Cape Town Commitment (7-A, We Love God's World, 2010)

“We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ—the fullness of life, the repentance and forgiveness of sin, and the promise of eternal life—in word and deed, in a violent world where many are sacrificed to the idols of death (Jeremiah 32:35) and where many have not yet heard the gospel….We are called to care for God’s creation, and to be in solidarity with nations severely affected by climate change in the face of a ruthless human-centered exploitation of the environment for consumerism and greed.” The Arusha Call to Discipleship (2018)

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Part One
State of the Planet
Our Suicidal War on Nature


 
Source: UN image

“I have detailed an emergency, but I also see hope. I see a history of advances that show what can be done – from rescuing the ozone layer to reducing extinction rates to expanding protected areas. Many cities are becoming greener. The circular economy is reducing waste. Environmental laws have growing reach. At least 155 United Nations Member States now legally recognize that a healthy environment is a basic human right. And the knowledge base is greater than ever”. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Address on The State of The Planet, 2 December 2020 

On 2 December at Columbia University, UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented an overview--and dire warning--on the woeful state of the planet. He also highlighted progress in improving aspects of the environment yet clearly emphasized the serious collaborative action that needs to take place at all levels--individual through international--to lessen and/or avert major catastrophes. We strongly encourage you to watch this address and to seriously consider--and critique from your vantage points--the assertions, concerns, and action steps outlined. You can access the video HERE (28 minutes). The text is available in the six official UN languages.

Guterres mentioned several examples of collaborative efforts/events in 2021:
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World Ocean Summit, Lisbon, Portugal, 2-4 March 2021
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Biodiversity Conference, Kunming, China, 17-30 May 2021
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International Conference on Chemicals Management, Bonn, Germany, 5-9 July 2021
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Food Systems Summit, September or October 2021
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Climate Change Conference (COP 26), Glasgow, UK,  1-12 November 2021
--Global Sustainable Transport Conference, Beijing, China, date  in 2021 TBA
 
Also noted:
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UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)
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New Urban Agenda: Habitat III Quito, Ecuador, October 2016

“We face three imperatives in addressing the climate crisis: First, we need to achieve global carbon neutrality within the next three decades. Second, we have to align global finance behind the Paris Agreement, the world’s blueprint for climate action. Third, we must deliver a breakthrough on adaptation to protect the world – and especially the most vulnerable people and countries -- from climate impacts”. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 
Special Address on The State of The Planet, 2 December 2020



Part Two: Going Deeper
Examples of Resources to Review

Woe to you shepherds...who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?... Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?” (Ezekiel 34: 1,18 NIV).

The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt” (
Isaiah 24: 4-6, NIV).

Trash Vortexes in the Oceans 
Original source of the above  image unknown. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Ocean, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, is the largest. This area covers about 1.6 million square kilometers--twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France.  An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. More information: 
Ocean CleanupUN Environment Program, Oceans and SeasSDG 14”Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine  resources for sustainable development” (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sustainable Development); and Addressing Marine Plastic: A Systemic ApproachUN (December 2019).


William Carey Publishing
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People Trees, and Poverty, Lowell Bliss (2018). “With climate change, global warming, and the environment making headlines on an almost-daily basis, followers of Christ can find themselves asking, “What’s my role in this? What’s my responsibility? And how does it relate to the Great Commission?” People, Trees & Poverty shares a high-level overview, a snapshot, of what it looks like to reach the unreached through advocacy on environmental issues. However, this book does more than raise awareness and pluck your heartstrings. It concludes with a critical feature, listing additional resources, gatherings, and organizations to move the reader from concern to action.” This is a “snapshot” book. See the author’ longer book, Environmental Missions (2013).
 
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Biblical Wholism and Agriculture: Cultivating Our Roots. David Evans, Ronald Voss, Keith Wright (Editors, revised 2020).  “New generations are championing responsibility for both the environment and those peoples who depend upon it in all new ways. Biblical Holism and Agriculture addresses the urgent need for constructing a holistic perspective, grounded in the Bible, to appraise the economic, social, ecological, environmental, and spiritual impact of globalization and the unprecedented impact of powerful agricultural technologies, and marketing systems. The holistic biblical perspectives within reference ancient Hebrew insights about responsible freedom for “keeping” the land by people created in the image of God as representatives commissioned to stewardship and justice.” 

Mission Connexion Northwest (15-16 January 2021)
--This a free online conference endorsed and sponsored by many organizations. Four of the 100+ workshops are on on creation care (e.g., creation care as a mission of God; environmental degradation as an opportunity for sharing the good news); four are on member care (e.g., promoting rest/preventing burnout; member care and global mental health); and four are on trauma care including in the context of COVID-19.


Lausanne Movement
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Creation Care Network. “Stewardship of God’s creation (creation care) is a clear biblical command and an integral part of what it means to follow Jesus as Lord….But that’s not all: God’s creation is in the midst of a crisis that is ‘pressing, urgent, and that must be resolved in our generation’ (Jamaica Call to Action). This crisis, of which climate change and massive biodiversity loss are just a part, represents an existential threat to the future of human society. The Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network (LWCCN) is a collaborative effort of both Lausanne and the World Evangelical Alliance to mobilize the global church to respond to this crisis. LWCCN now reaches 130 countries and encourages Christians in every country to work together to heal God’s creation.
 
--Lausanne Global Insights articles: 
Devastating Fires and the Church’s Mission: Understanding and Reclaiming Our Call to  Care for Creation, Tim Carriker (March 2020); Climate Change after Paris: What it Means for the Evangelical ChurchEd Brown (May 2016)
 
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)
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Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network
--WEA Sustainability Center
 
Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
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Climate and Faith resources
 
Brigada Today
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Creation care resources


World Council of Churches (WCC)
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Roadmap for Congregations, Churches, and Communities for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice (2019). See also: Churches on the Road to an Economy of Life and Environmental Justice (four archived webinars, 2020).

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Cooler Earth Higher Benefits: Actions by Those Who Care About Children, Climate, and Finance   Frederique Seidel, Emmanuel de Martel (report, 2020); See also: Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Take ActionFrederique Seidel and Virág Kinga Mezei (toolkit for churches, church-run schools, camps, 2020)

--Examples from the WCC Weekly newsletter (10 December 2020): 
WCC Eco-School 2020 for Pacific region on Water, Food and Climate Justice (18 - 24 January 2021);  WCC interim general secretary welcomes “powerful moment of truth-telling” about climate change (in response the UN Secretary-General's Special Address on 2 December 2020)


Roman Catholic Church
--Laudate Sí: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis (encyclical, 2015)
 “13. The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home….43. Human beings too are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness, and endowed with unique dignity. So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture....188. There are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus. Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.”


United Nations Resources
--Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action--A Greener, Cleaner, Brighter Future. “As the world looks to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing global recognition that the catalyst for transformational change is investment in a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts. In December, we highlight Sustainable Development Goal 13--Climate Action--as we mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change [along with other efffrots for] Climate Action and an end to an unprecedented year with an ambition to recover better, stronger and healthier.” (quote from website)
 
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UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform offers many resources tracing progress and problems related to the SDGs,  including the foundational Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN (2015).

--UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs features many items on its website including  
Sustainable Development topics such as the environment, climate, oceans, etc. 

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Greening the Blue Report 2020: The UN Systems Environmental Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It. UN Environment Agency (UNEP). “UNEP, in collaboration with hundreds of UN personnel from across the UN System, annually collects and analyses information provided by entities on their environmental impacts and publishes this data and case studies [in this report]…The 2020 edition…focuses on the impacts of over 310,000 personnel in Headquarters, field offices and operations on the ground.”

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Paris Climate Agreement 2015. “The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century. The Paris Agreement is a landmark in the multilateral climate change process because, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.” (quote from website)


UN and Civil Society-Related
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The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society."  (quote from website)

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UN Global Compact. “Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success." Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.” (quote from web site)


Mental Health as Mission (mental health and climate as mission)
--Mental Health and Climate ChangeFive on Friday, Kathleen Pike (27 September 2019)

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Addressing Mental Health in a Changing Climate: Incorporating Mental Health Indicators into Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation AssessmentsInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Katie Hayes and Blake Poland (2018, 15, 1806; doi:10.3390/ijerph15091806)

--Psychology, History, and Human Rights. “Past and future generations need guardians to defend their latent interests in the face of capricious short-term policy decisions.” Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights, Antoon De Baets (25 October 2020)


 

Concluding Remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

“This is a moment of truth for people and planet alike. COVID and climate have brought us to a threshold.  We cannot go back to the old normal of inequality, injustice and heedless dominion over the Earth. Instead we must step towards a safer, more sustainable and equitable path. We have a blueprint: the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The door is open; the solutions are there. Now is the time to transform humankind’s relationship with the natural world – and with each other. And we must do so together. Solidarity is humanity. Solidarity is survival. That is the lesson of 2020.With the world in disunity and disarray trying to contain the pandemic, let’s learn the lesson and change course for the pivotal period ahead. Thank you.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Address on The State of The Planet, 2 December 2020



Part Three--Covid Care
Perspectives and Resources

Don't fear. Trust God. Do good.


Image courtesy and (c) ENOD 2017

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39 NIV

Come Lord Jesus, Maranatha
Harpa Dei, sung in 10 languages
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1. Perspectives
Pandemics, like many crises, bring out the best and the worst in us--our selfless and our selfish qualities. The reality of the uncertainties and anxieties of life, and indeed survival--existential risk--is heavy upon the world. Positively, the current COVID-19 pandemic certainly provides plenty of opportunities for us all individually through internationally--to reflect on the types of people we want to be, the types of societies we need to build, and the types of changes we have to make.

We join together in solidarity with the world community's efforts, locally through globally, on behalf of covid-care and in hopes to stir up the heroic in all of us. We also note that the many overlapping, problems in our world continue unabated--shadow pandemics--even as this covid pandemic dominates the center stage globally: multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, human rights violations, gross inequalities, racism, mental ill health, environmental degradation, etc. This is the ongoing, cascading context--full of challenges and opportunities--in which member care resources need to be provided and developed for workers and their sending groups around the world. And from our faith-based perspective, as co-workers with God engaged in the many areas of “
humanity care,” we live and work for God’s glory. 

Our recent Updates below are compiled for helping ourselves and others with covid care. Examples of issues/resources: anxiety, trauma, depression, confinement, loneliness, loss, grief, relationship strains, coping for children, work insecurities, spiritual struggles, uncertainty/concerns about what is going on, etc. Have a look!

2. Resources for Covid Care
--Grieving Well--Healing Well: Resources for Growing through Loss
Global Integration Update (November 2020)
--Tough Times: Tougher People:  Best selves--Better world
Global Integration Update (October 2020)
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Uniting for Covid-Care: Real-Life Ordinary Heroes
Member Care Update (September 2020)
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Doing Good: Positive Stories in the Pandemic
Member Care Update (August 2020)
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Staying the Course in Global Member Care: Pandemics, Problems, and Beyond
Member Care Update (July 2020)
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Managing Stress and COVID-Distress: Faith-Based Resources
Member Care Update (June 2020)
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Staying Sane during COVID-19: Mental Health Resources 
Member Care Update (May 2020)
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Confronting COVID-19: “Don’t Be Afraid” 
Member Care Update (April 2020)

See also these resources:

--2020 Year in Review: The Impact of COVID-19 in 12 Charts, World Bank (5 languages)
--Curated COVID-19 Resources, SentWell
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Covid-19 Impact Survey (on missions, 141 organizations, USA based)
 Missio Nexus (Nov. 2020)
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Covid Resources, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College
--Global Health COVID-19 Response FrameworkWorld Council of Churches (Nov 2020)
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WHO COVID-19 Resources and Guidance, World Health Organization



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Member care: Renewing the strengths of our souls

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found.

Isaac Watts, 1719, Joy to the World




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