Call for Papers

The Interfaith Program on HIV and Social Justice at St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya) and the Interfaith Health Program at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia USA) are inviting submissions that explore the implications of the theological concept of social justice in relation to HIV disease around the world today.  We invite submissions in two general categories: 1) theological scholarship, and 2) materials for use in local religious communities. BACKGROUND:  Much of the moral reflection on HIV has been carried out in the framework of human rights.  Some have framed this appeal to human rights to advocate for HIV programs as an effort to foist Western cultural norms on societies whose own values do not align with such perspectives, particularly in relation to gender and sexuality.  While the Interfaith Program on HIV and Social Justice and the Interfaith Health Program support principles of human rights and affirm global health and development programs grounded in these principles, we also believe that religious traditions offer the possibility to find common ground across these divergent cultural contexts through theological reflections on the concept of social justice.  This call for papers and materials is designed to create a body of writing that will be available to anyone with an interest in this topic; these materials will be uploaded through an open access website and various governmental, civil society, and faith-based partners will support this project by making these materials available across their respective networks. CONTENT FOCUS: As noted above, the materials should be focused on a theological exploration of the concept of social justice.  Papers in the first category should develop a theologically sound and...

Religion and Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty

From July 7-9, 2015, a highly significant conference in Washington, D.C. brought together 130 attendees to discuss “Religion and Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty.”  The conference was convened and co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (implemented by GIZ), U.S. Agency for International Development, UK Department For International Development, GHR Foundation, World Vision, and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, a coalition of faith-based organisations and academic institutions. Co-sponsors included the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief USA, Tearfund, American Jewish World Service, IMA World Health, and McKinsey & Company. This conference attracted a unique combination of policy makers, multilateral and bilateral agencies, religious leaders, development professionals from faith-based organizations, and academics. We are the first generation in history that can say we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. We can’t get there without all of you. We need prophetic voices to inspire us and evidence to lead the way.” —Dr. Jim Kim, World Bank President The goals of the conference were to connect frontline policy makers to the evidence base and expertise to support more effective partnerships with religious and faith-based groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development. The conference process focused on reviewing the evidence base and developing specific recommendations for action to strengthen effective partnerships between religious and faith-based groups and the public sector. It sought to obtain leadership commitments to follow-on activities and to establish specific next steps. IHP’s acting Director, John Blevins, and Sandra Thurman, Chief Strategy Officer, Office of...

IHP Partner Wins National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Immunizations

On May 13, 1015, IHP’s long-standing partner, the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI), was recognized as a National Winner during the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. This National Awards Program recognizes the outstanding efforts and contributions of individuals and organizations towards improved adult, adolescent, and/or childhood vaccination rates within their communities during the past year. The Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI) started in 2006 to eliminate the disparities in influenza vaccine coverage in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. MINI’s partners include health care systems, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, community clinics and state health department, providing clinics in community settings and providing vaccine at no cost to participants. Since 2006, MINI has immunized over 60,000 persons. Establishing a spectrum of stakeholders helps MINI maintain a central role in the immunization neighborhood for influenza.  IHP congratulates MINI on this honor and wishes them continued success in their efforts. VIEW THE NAIIS PRESS RELEASE» VIEW THE 2015 NAIIS AWARDS BOOKLET» LEARN MORE ABOUT MINI’S WORK WITH...
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