Faith-based Engagement of the Global Refugee Crisis
The world is currently experiencing the worst refugee crisis in history. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) reports that there are 65 million displaced people globally due to persecution, war, famine or violence. Many face significant health challenges such as psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases and chronic disease in the host-country. Faith based organizations and churches are recognized as key elements in addressing this global crisis, and many have been advocates of “welcoming the stranger.”(Deut 10:19; Mat 25:34-40)
What is a Christian response to these populations scattered among many nations? What kinds of unique health concerns do they face? How can global health workers effectively cross cultures to address needs? What opportunities exist for respectfully demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel in these settings? What resources can be mobilized?
Besides regular general submissions, we call for papers including but not limited to:
- Case studies of FBO responses to refugee concerns in areas of conflict or in host countries.
- Best practices in improving health outcomes of displaced populations.
- Original research on outcomes for health interventions among refugee populations.
- Case studies on partnerships with UNHCR or other governmental organizations in serving refugees.
- Commentaries on an applied biblical response to the global refugee crisis.
- Capacity building for mental health service to build resilience in post-traumatic experiences.
- Explorations of the ethics of humanitarian relief and resettlement in context of Christian faith.
Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2018.