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Update July 2013

Member Care in Mission/Aid

Global Integration

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This month we explore the emerging domain of global integration (GI) in order to especially support those with member care responsibility. We define global integration as our active and skillful involvement with global realities in light of our core values. For member care in mission/aid, it it the way that we connect and contribute to help fellow humans and address some of the major issues facing humanity, motivated by our ethical and spiritual commitments.
Resource Area One
includes two overview materials that relate GI to member care and mental health. Resource Area Two includes two recent articles on globalization and its impact on Christianity and other major religions. As with all of the Updates, we encourage you to review them when you have time and with colleagues. Taken together, these four "macro-oriented" materials provide crucial perspectives to guide our current and long-term work in mission/aid. They are meant to help us to work more effectively with people as we serve in the "trenches and towers and everything in between." We begin this Update with an outrageously creative and uplifting music video that helps us to integrate a bit more into our globalizing--and dancing--world

Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell

Enjoy the music video, Trip the Light.
Resource Area One
Global Integration--Overview

If we want integration [of psychology and theology] to be a credible and relevant voice in all corners of our world, then we need to be proactive about learning, engaging and collaborating with Christian mental health professionals outside of North America...We want to get in on the ground floor—not once institutions are already established. Kelly O’Donnell has insightfully called this “global integration”....We in the integration field find ourselves in a unique position. Unfortunately, globalization and technology have caught us flat-footed...We have a time limited opportunity to make a huge impact in the future of faith and psychology...We can begin by answering the question I started with: Where do we want to be in 10 years? (Glen Moriarty, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Spring 2012)

Global Integration: Charting Your Course in the Service of Humanity (workshop and handouts, April 2013, CAPS International Conference, O'Donnell). "This interactive workshop takes us into the heart of major challenges/opportunities facing humanity. We explore ways to relevantly connect and contribute more globally as mental health professionals, emphasizing the overlapping domains of global mental health (GMH) and global member care (GMC).  We identify new directions and practical applications for our integration work." [to read more, click the link in the title]
Member Care and Mental Health: Global Integration (CORE Member Care weblog entries, 2011)  “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...”  [to read more, click the link in the title]

Resource Area Two
Globalization--Christainity and Other Religions

Globalization is “a multidimensional set of social processes that create, multiply, stretch, and intensify worldwide social interdependencies and exchanges while  at the same time fostering in people  a growing awareness of deepening  connections between the local and  the distant.” [Steger, 2004] At its core, then, globalization is about shifting forms of human contact. (Johnson, 2010--see second article below)

Key Findings of Christianity in Its Global Context (IBMR, July 2013, Bellofato and Johnson). Available on line for free from this journal--after registering  ( Since 1970, many societies have experienced dramatic social upheavals and severe environmental catastrophes, yet the period from 1970 to 2010 was also a time of great technological advancement and increased connections between people around the world. Such changes challenge Christians to think differently about the people among whom they live and work, the ways in which they interact with them, and the potential for future cooperation….If current trends continue, what will be the state of the world in 2020? Who will be the neighbors of Christians, and what issues will they be facing together? Here we summarize the key findings from the full report…” 
Globalization, Christian identity, and Frontier Missions (IJFM, October 2010, Johnson). “In compiling the recently published Atlas of Global Christianity, 1910–2010,  it became clear that there was much to be said regarding globalization and  Christian identity, and their impact on frontier missions. I noticed in ever increasing detail two developments across the demography of Christianity and  frontier missions: 1) Numerically, Christianity has shifted to the Global South.  2) Amidst all the global migrations and increasing proximity of once distant  peoples, Christians have maintained limited contact with Muslims, Hindus  and Buddhists. These and several other significant trends have been mapped,  graphed, and analyzed in the Atlas, with its special focus on religious traditions, religious freedom, religious diversity, and religious affiliation both at the  global and provincial level.” [to read more, click the link in the title]

Final Thoughts

[Surprises and setbacks] should not deter us from responding as best we can, using our  talents to improve this always mixed record of trying “to save generations from the  scourge or war,” “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,” and to promote  “social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” The original Preamble to  the Charter of the United Nations had it right. The question is, can we do it?
Kennedy, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (2006, p. 279)
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