We seek justice…because we are created in God’s image

One of our nation’s leading thought leaders on faith and justice, John Perkins, led a Bible study at the 2013 conference of the Christian Community Health Fellowship.  As Perkins says, the American church has lost its prophetic voice on justice…and needs to regain it.  “Justice is a stewardship issue,” Perkins says.

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Click the photo above to watch John Perkins speak on justice to the 2013 CCHF conference.

He will speak again at the CCHF conference on May 9, 2014.  Click here to learn more at the CCHF website.

In addition to seeing Perkins, there are workshops on developing an Integrated Behavioral Health program; the realities of transitioning into a community health center; building an organizational environment that reflects Christ; development and funding; utilizing volunteers; implementing a formal integrated spiritual care program for both patients and staff; nutrition programs and urban farming; and inspiring stories from clinic pioneers who share about their struggles, victories, and secrets for avoiding or working through burnout.  And there are prayer teams who will cover the conference with prayer, and who are available to pray for individuals who want someone to ask God with them for the strength, wisdom and courage to stand through difficult seasons.

CCHF Executive Director Steve Noblett writes, “If you are wavering, stop.  You should come, and you should bring staff with you.  This is an important investment in you and your ministry. One attendee said, ‘this is cheaper than therapy!’”

Members of Siloam’s staff will be there listening to John Perkins and enjoying the full conference.  Join us!

CHI Participant: Will Tucker

We are excited to announce our last addition to the CHI team, a group of seven pre-medical students who will join us in Nashville this summer. Will & the others will live in and serve a local refugee community along with shadow providers at Siloam and reflect on God’s call to them through a career in medicine.  Click here to see the profiles of the other students joining us this summer.

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God with us…

An incarnate God is beyond my comprehension. Yet, that is who Jesus is…God with us, the Incarnate One…choosing to become human to suffer with us – a God of compassion.Jesus_in_Golgotha_by_Theophanes_the_Cretan 4-2014

As we move through the final days of Passion Week for the Christian community (Jesus’ final days that include his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection), I wanted to share another of Siloam’s core values that guides us as a ministry: Compassion.

Active, compassionate care means caring intentionally for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.  The biblical concept of health—rooted in words like Shalom (Hebrew) or Sozo (Greek)—implies that man is a unified being, who is not so easily reduced to component parts as we might like.  In fact, both of these words can be interpreted to mean not only health, or well being, but also convey the concept of “salvation.”  Compassionate care for the whole person means seeking to alleviate suffering, and this may occur on many levels.  As we begin our relationships with our patients, we will seek to be genuine learners of their suffering.  This includes learning about their various social, religious and cultural backgrounds as we “incarnate” ourselves into their special contexts.  By building a base of mutual respect, we commit to explore issues beyond their presenting medical issue, asking permission as appropriate.  We do not condone forcing any beliefs on anyone—biomedical, Christian, or otherwise—but rather, from an early stage in our relationship with a patient and with the humility of Christ, will seek to discern where God is already at work in their life.  Compassionate care then means being prepared to help them take the next, appropriate step with God—or to refer them to someone who can.  In the meantime, compassionate care also means being willing to enter another’s suffering and share it with them when it can’t be alleviated.

The good news is that the incarnate God is still with us through the Holy Spirit…helping us to be compassion to the world!  Have a great weekend!

The CHI Team grows with Chelsea Travis

We are excited to announce another one of the seven pre-medical students who will join us in Nashville this summer for the Community Health Immersion program. Chelsea & the others will live in and serve a local refugee community along with shadow providers at Siloam and reflect on God’s call to them through a career in medicine.  Click here to see the profiles of the other students joining us this summer.

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Reinie Thomas joins CHI

We are excited to announce another one of the seven pre-medical students who will join us in Nashville this summer for the Community Health Immersion program. Reinie & the others will live in and serve a local refugee community along with shadow providers at Siloam and reflect on God’s call to them through a career in medicine.  Click here to see the profiles of the other students joining us this summer.

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Lauren Roddy to join CHI

We are excited to announce another one of the seven pre-medical students who will join us in Nashville this summer for the Community Health Immersion program. Lauren & the others will live in and serve a local refugee community along with shadow providers at Siloam and reflect on God’s call to them through a career in medicine.  Click here to see the profiles of the other students joining us this summer.

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CHI expands with Will Davies

We are excited to announce one of the seven pre-medical students who will join us in Nashville this summer for the Community Health Immersion program. Will & the others will live in and serve a local refugee community along with shadow providers at Siloam and reflect on God’s call to them through a career in medicine.  Click here to see the profiles of the other students joining us this summer.

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