Between Humanitarianism and Evangelism in Faith-based Organisations

A Case from the African Migration Route

Author: May Ngo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317201450

Category: Political Science

Page: 12

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Religion has always played an important, if often contested, role in the public domain. This book focuses on how faith-based organisations (FBOs) interact with the public sphere, showing how faith-based actors are themselves shaped by wider processes and global forces such as globalisation, migration, foreign policy and neoliberal markets. Focusing on a case study of an FBO in Morocco which gives aid to sub-Saharan African irregular migrants, the book reveals some of the challenges the organisation faces as it tries to negotiate at once local, national and international contexts through their particular Christian values. This book contends that the contradictions, tensions and ambiguities that arise are primarily a result of the organisation having to negotiate a normative global secular liberalism which requires a strict demarcation between religion and politics, and religion and the secular. Faith-based actors, particularly within humanitarianism, have to constantly navigate this divide and in examining the question of how religious values translate into humanitarian and development practices, categories such as religion, the secular and politics and the boundaries between them will need to be interrogated. This book explores the diversity and complexity of the work of FBOs and will be of great interest to students and researchers working at the intersections of humanitarianism and development studies, politics and religion.
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Christianity’s Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy

To Transfer the Empire of the World

Author: John Blevins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351127489

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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In recent years, the role of religion in influencing international health policy and health services provision has been seen as increasingly important. This book provides a social history of the relationship between religion and America's international health policy and practice from the latter 19th century to the present. The book demonstrates that the fields of religion and public health have distinct moral frameworks, each with their own rationales, assumptions, and motivations. While these two frameworks share significant synergies, substantial tensions also exist, which are negotiated in political contexts. The book traces the origins of religion’s influence on public health to the Progressive Era in the latter half of the 19th century, examines tensions that arose in the first half of the 20th century, describes the divorce between religion and international health from the 1940s through the 1980s, identifies the sources of the renewed interest in the relationship between religion and international health, and anticipates the future contours of religion and international health in light of contemporary political and economic forces.While the influence of religion on international health practice and policy in the United States serves as the focus of the book, the effects of US policies on international health policies in general are also explored in depth, especially in the book’s later chapters. This ambitious study of religion’s social history in the United States over the last 150 years will be of interest to researchers in global health, politics, religion and development studies.
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No Strangers Here

Christian Hospitality and Refugee Ministry in Twenty-First-Century Hong Kong

Author: Judy Chan

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532604157

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Churches are traditionally among the first to respond to the call to aid strangers in distress. In this age of globalization, one group of strangers in particular—asylum seekers and refugees—is in urgent need of welcome as they flee their homelands in search of safety. This same group, however, faces hostility and rejection in many places. What should be the church’s response? This book argues that Christian hospitality offers a powerful theological and pastoral response to such vulnerable strangers in our midst. For that to happen, the church must answer two questions: “What is Christian hospitality?” and “How do we put it into practice with refugees and asylum seekers?” Part One answers the first question with a cross-disciplinary study of sacred hospitality in both ancient and modern times. Part Two tackles the second with a fascinating case study of the church’s outreach to refugees and asylum seekers in an international Chinese city. As communities worldwide receive refugees and asylum seekers, this book offers Christian hospitality and the Hong Kong experience as one hopeful response to needy strangers at our doorstep. It is a welcome theological and practical resource for refugee ministry in the twenty-first century.
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Boundless Faith

The Global Outreach of American Churches

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520943063

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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In Boundless Faith, the first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization, Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in U.S. policies and programs abroad. These changes, he argues, can be seen in the growth of support at home for missionaries and churches in other countries and in the large number of Americans who participate in short-term volunteer efforts abroad. These outreaches include building orphanages, starting microbusinesses, and setting up computer networks. Drawing on a comprehensive survey that was conducted for this book, as well as several hundred in-depth interviews with church leaders, Wuthnow refutes several prevailing stereotypes: that U.S. churches have turned away from the global church and overseas missions, that congregations only look inward, and that the growing voice of religion in areas of foreign policy is primarily evangelical. This fresh and revealing book encourages Americans to pay attention to the grass-roots mechanisms by which global ties are created and sustained.
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International Development and Public Religion

Changing Dynamics of Christian Mission in South Korea

Author: Haemin Lee

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498239900

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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Over the past few decades Christianity in the global South has grown exponentially in size and influence, with many centers emerging around the globe, such as Brazil, South Korea, and Nigeria. One remarkable phenomenon in this process is the rise of faith-based, humanitarian, international, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). While traveling to about seventy different countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Haemin Lee has witnessed the surge of faith-based NGOs all around the world. This book explores the role that religion plays in encountering secular society from various angles by drawing upon discourses in mission studies, sociology of religion, and anthropology of development. Specifically, it probes the development practices of two major Korean organizations, Korea Food for the Hungry International and Good Neighbors. This book investigates the following hypothesis: humanitarian care through international development NGOs appears to be the growing interest of Korean Christian mission and this shows a new direction of Korean Christianity as public religion. However, on closer examination, a more complex reality emerges in which diverse theological and developmental ideals motivate the Korean NGOs' humanitarian efforts.
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The Spirit of Development

Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe

Author: Erica Bornstein

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804753364

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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This book is an examination of the connections between modern economic practices, globalization, and contemporary Christian religious belief, based on an ethnographic study of NGOs in Zimbabwe. It addresses issues crucial for those interested in the strengths and weaknesses of development theory and practice, as well as in Protestant Christianity as a transnational religion.
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Humanitarianism in Question

Politics, Power, Ethics

Author: Michael Barnett,Thomas G. Weiss

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801465087

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Years of tremendous growth in response to complex emergencies have left a mark on the humanitarian sector. Various matters that once seemed settled are now subjects of intense debate. What is humanitarianism? Is it limited to the provision of relief to victims of conflict, or does it include broader objectives such as human rights, democracy promotion, development, and peacebuilding? For much of the last century, the principles of humanitarianism were guided by neutrality, impartiality, and independence. More recently, some humanitarian organizations have begun to relax these tenets. The recognition that humanitarian action can lead to negative consequences has forced humanitarian organizations to measure their effectiveness, to reflect on their ethical positions, and to consider not only the values that motivate their actions but also the consequences of those actions. In the indispensable Humanitarianism in Question, Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to address the humanitarian identity crisis, including humanitarianism's relationship to accountability, great powers, privatization and corporate philanthropy, warlords, and the ethical evaluations that inform life-and-death decision making during and after emergencies.
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A Historical Guide to NGOs in Britain

Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945

Author: M. Hilton,N. Crowson,J. Mouhot,J. McKay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137029021

Category: History

Page: 399

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Aiming to furnish the reader with the historical data to engage with the debates surrounding the Cameron government's 'Big Society' and civil society, this book gives the reader a greater and more informed historical consciousness of how the NGO sector has grown and influenced.
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Ich muss verrückt sein, so zu leben

Kompromisslose Experimente in Sachen Nächstenliebe

Author: Shane Claiborne

Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen

ISBN: 3765570540

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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"Man hatte mir beigebracht, was man als Christ glaubt. Aber niemand hatte mir gezeigt, wie man als Christ lebt." Wie lebt man als Christ? Diese Frage führt Shane Claiborne auf ungewöhnliche Wege. Er reist nach Kalkutta und begleitet Mutter Teresa zu den Ärmsten der Armen - und dort begegnet er Gott auf ganz neue Weise. Seine "Bekehrung zur radikalen Nachfolge" ruiniert seine beruflichen Pläne, führt ihn in die Innenstadtghettos an die Seite der Vergessenen der Wohlstandsgesellschaft und zu Beginn des Irakkriegs 2003 als Friedensaktivist nach Bagdad. Der "Extremist der Nächstenliebe" erzählt eine Geschichte voller Leidenschaft, Kreativität und eines Glaubens, der durch kleine Taten der Liebe die Welt verändert.
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Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

Author: Matthew Clarke

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857933574

Category: Religion

Page: 602

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With eighty percent of the world's population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. This fascinating and highly unique Handbook brings together state-of-the-art research on incorporating religion into development studies literature and research. The expert contributors illustrate that as religious identity is integral to a community's culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions; it is therefore necessary to conflate religion and development to enhance efforts to improve the lives of the poor. Issues addressed include: key tenets, beliefs and histories of religions; religious response to development concerns (gender, environment, education, microfinance, humanitarian assistance); and the role of faith based organisations and missionaries in the wider development context. Practical case studies of countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific (including Australia) underpin the research, providing evidence that the intersection between religion and development is neither new nor static. By way of conclusion, suggestions are prescribed for extensive further research in order to advance understanding of this nascent field. This path-breaking Handbook will prove a thought-provoking and stimulating reference tool for academics, researchers and students in international development, international relations, comparative religion and theology.
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The influence of faith

religious groups and U.S. foreign policy

Author: Elliott Abrams

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 237

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The Influence of Faith examines religion as a growing factor in world politics and U.S. foreign policy. Particular attention is placed on the American reaction to the persecution of Christians and Jews overseas, as well as the role of faith-based groups such as missionary and relief organizations in the formulation and implementation of U.S. policy. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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Humanitarian alert

NGO information and its impact on US foreign policy

Author: Abby Stoddard

Publisher: Kumarian Pr

ISBN: 9781565492271

Category: Political Science

Page: 246

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Includes statistical tables and graphs.
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Leidenschaft für Jesus

Author: Mike Bickle

Publisher: Asaph Buch- & Musikvertrieb GmbH

ISBN: 3935703724

Category:

Page: 200

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S. 1868, the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

Hearings Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, Second Session, May 12 and June 17, 1998

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economic sanctions, American

Page: 136

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Crooked Paths to Allotment

The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War

Author: C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807837415

Category: History

Page: 248

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Standard narratives of Native American history view the nineteenth century in terms of steadily declining Indigenous sovereignty, from removal of southeastern tribes to the 1887 General Allotment Act. In Crooked Paths to Allotment, C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa complicates these narratives, focusing on political moments when viable alternatives to federal assimilation policies arose. In these moments, Native American reformers and their white allies challenged coercive practices and offered visions for policies that might have allowed Indigenous nations to adapt at their own pace and on their own terms. Examining the contests over Indian policy from Reconstruction through the Gilded Age, Genetin-Pilawa reveals the contingent state of American settler colonialism. Genetin-Pilawa focuses on reformers and activists, including Tonawanda Seneca Ely S. Parker and Council Fire editor Thomas A. Bland, whose contributions to Indian policy debates have heretofore been underappreciated. He reveals how these men and their allies opposed such policies as forced land allotment, the elimination of traditional cultural practices, mandatory boarding school education for Indian youth, and compulsory participation in the market economy. Although the mainstream supporters of assimilation successfully repressed these efforts, the ideas and policy frameworks they espoused established a tradition of dissent against disruptive colonial governance.
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Muslim and Christian understanding

theory and application of "a common word"

Author: Waleed El-Ansary,David K. Linnan

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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"This book explores "A Common Word Between Us and You," a high-level ongoing Christian-Muslim dialogue process. The Common Word process was commenced by leading Islamic scholars and intellectuals as outreach in response to the Pope's much criticized Regensburg address of 2007, and brings to the fore, in the interest of developing a meaningful peace, how the Islamic and Christian communities representing well over half of the world's population might agree on love of God and love of neighbor as common beliefs"--
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