Book release and seminar: Faith-Based Health Justice in Times of Global Trauma and Transformation

Charity alone can provide but a fraction of an answer to the global health challenges of the 21st century. Faith-Based Health Justice: Transforming Agendas of Faith Communities, a new volume discussing faith and health justice today, has raised such questions.

Providing new empirical examples and developing theoretical discussions from contexts around the globe this edited collection is an important contribution to further discussion on a vital, but understudied issue. The present online event launching the book and exploring faith-based health justice extends its concerns to the era of the newest pandemic. This event gathers academics and practitioners to share knowledge and reflect and build on the findings presented in the book.

Faith-Based Health Justice: Transforming Agendas of Faith Communities (Fortress Press, Feb 2021) was written during a time of global turbulence, when the threads of religion and health entwined with our notions of well-being, suffering, and global disasters of various political and conflict-related magnitudes. These developments were not unprecedented, but nevertheless presented fresh challenges for how we collectively respond to our cultural experiences of health and illness around the world. 

This event provides the opportunity to listen to authors from the volume from a wide variety of contexts presenting their research, as well as comments and reflections from other international experts in the field. 

Through an understanding of faith-based health justice, which has now entered the era of a global pandemic, speakers will explore reflections on the health traumas we are witnessing and the opportunities such a rupture creates for transforming fragile and fragmented forms of health justice from a faith-based lens. This event aims to start a discussion to continue developing the themes from the book in ways that look forward to repairing and regrowing our global health and transforming trauma to justice.

Contributions include Keynote by Professor Dr. Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow. Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C and Simon Dein, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Professor, Durham University and Queen Mary’s University, London, UK as well as presentations by editors and authors. 

Full programme and list of speakers can be found here:

Participation is free of charge and open to all, but registration is necessary. Register here.

The link to the event will be sent to all registered participants shortly before the event.

Organized by: The Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), Helsinki; The Faculty of Theology (University of Helsinki), Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society, CRS (Uppsala University); The Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN; Läkarmissionen (LM), Stockholm and The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.