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Getting Holy Days & Rituals Right – Health Care Insights

Dear Friends,

This month, Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series features the intersection of holy day and ritual observances and patient care. One example involves Ramadan, which ended on the evening of Friday, June 24th. What do we mean? Read on.

The Scenario: A Muslim patient with diabetes is determined to fast for Ramadan.

Click here to learn what a health care provider needs to know to balance the patient’s health with his/her religious observance, and to review more examples of religious observance showing up in health and hospital care.

Explore the many ways religion and health care intersect! For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the relationship between religion and health care, purchase Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual here.

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO

P.S. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

Conscience in Health Care: Navigating Tricky Terrain

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the third installment of Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series.

This month’s issue features a religiously motivated conscientious refusal involving attire in the health care workplace:

  • The Scenario: A Sikh physician wears a full beard due to his religious beliefs regarding uncut hair. This conflicts with the hospital’s policy regarding safety and hygiene.
  • Click here to learn about the religious context underlying the physician’s choice and how the hospital can find an alternative that can accommodate the physician’s requirements, while still ensuring patient safety.

For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the intersections of religion and health care, Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual can be purchased here. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO

Dietary Restrictions & Health Care Resources

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the second installment of Tanenbaum’s new Health Care Insights series!

Each Health Care Insight will present a challenging scenario that sometimes arises in health care, and a download link to information from our Medical School Curriculum, where you will find context about the religious practice involved and better practices for health care providers.

This month’s blog post features religion, dietary restrictions and the impact on health care:

  • The Scenario: The son of an 85-year-old Hindu woman suffering from dementia is extremely upset, when he walks into his mother’s hospital room and finds her eating a meatball.
  • Click here to learn about how the mother’s and son’s religious beliefs influenced this encounter, and some better practices that health care providers can use to avoid or manage this type of situation.

For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the intersections of religion and health care, Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual can be purchased here. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky

Media updates on our peace activists

Peacemaker News

Betty Bigombe, Uganda

Betty was one of several Ugandan government officials to be honored for their achievements in helping Uganda reach its UN Millennium Development goals.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209130752.html

Additionally, as Uganda’s Director of Water and Resource Management, Betty has launched an unprecedented report on the health of the Nile River Basin. This report will hopefully set the stage for new policies to secure the healthy future of the water source.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/80083/nile-basin-initiative-launches-first-ever-nile-river-report/

In the same vein, Betty spoke at a conference on "Harnessing Research for Sustainable Development of the Lake Victoria Basin," which Bigombe opened with a speech encouraging “the free flow of ideas amongst experts on matters concerning the basin."

http://in2eastafrica.net/3rd-scientific-conference-on-lake-victoria-basin-recommends-stronger-linkages-between-research-and-policy/

 

Ricardo Esquivia, Colombia

Ricardo recently spoke about his life and work at the University of Calgary. His speech was part of a "Peacetalk Speaker Series," sponsored by the Consortium for Peace Studies, Project Ploughshares, and the Latin American Research Centre.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/peacestudies/peacetalks

 

Rabbi Menachem Froman, West Bank

Rabbi Froman was featured in The Guardian for his work and his philosophy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the article, The Guardian commends his ability to build working relationships with leaders on both sides and his capacity to see religion as a jumping off point for peace.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/12/israeli-settlers-peace-activists

Additionally, Rabbi Froman has publically stated that the time has come to apologize for the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/settler-rabbi-time-has-come-to-apologize-for-rabin-assassination.premium-1.476021

 

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, South Africa

Nozizwe has written an article on the film Roadmap to Apartheid, which compares the current status of Palestinians to that of non-white South Africans under apartheid. In this article, Nozizwe goes beyond the content of the film to describe her own understanding of the Palestinian experience, based upon her time in Israel with a delegation of South Africans. She concludes by calling upon her readers' "common humanity to find the solution" to the situation in the Middle East.  

http://electronicintifada.net/content/south-african-two-state-solution-sounds-apartheid/11726

 

Father Sava Janjic, Kosovo

Father Janjic met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her recent visit to the Balkans region. Father Janjic is pictured with Clinton here, in photographs eight and ten.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/hillary-rodham-clinton-in-the-balkans/2012/10/30/ac56fc0c-22d9-11e2-8448-81b1ce7d6978_gallery.html#photo=8

 

Father Alex Reid, Northern Ireland

Reverend Albert Ogle, a religious leader in San Diego, California, remembers learning from Father Reid when he studied peace in Ireland. Today, Ogle attempts to apply Reid's peacemaking philosophy to his own work reconciling the LGBTQ community with the Catholic Church, post-election America, and societies worldwide.

http://sdgln.com/social/2012/11/09/rgod2-after-election-pray-grace

 

Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, Nigeria

USIP has partnered with FLT Films to expand the impact of the documentary “An African Answer,” which is based on Pastor James and Imam Ashafa’s work in Kenya. The new partnership with USIP will enable the film to be dubbed into Swahili and widely distributed in Kenya. FLT films will also facilitate training workshops on James and Ashafa’s peacebuilding and mediation techniques and help participants to create action plans for reducing tensions and violence. James and Ashafa will support the implementation of these plans, and FLT will document them in three short films.

http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/news/107434/USIP-Grant-Supports-Innovative-Film-Based-Peacebuilding-in-Kenya.htm

Pastor Wuye and Imam Ashafa were also chosen to be the keynote speakers at a conference in Jerusalem in early November, called "Mediating Peace and Reconciliation through Art, Music, and Film.” The conference was hosted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

http://www.afhu.org/former-enemies-talk-peace-jerusalem-conference

 

Yehezkel Landau, U.S./Israel

Hartford Seminary recently established an endowed faculty chair in Abrahamic Partnerships. The first occupant of this chair will be our own Yehezkel Landau. The faculty chair will focus on the history and practice of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and was made possible by a gift from the Prior Family Foundation. Congratulations, Yehezkel!

http://hartsem.edu/news/seminary-establishes-new-chair-abrahamic-partnerships?utm_source=News+Release+-+Abrahamic+Partnerships&utm_campaign=Internet+Study+Release&utm_medium=email

 

A Resource

The Outsider’s Guide to Supporting Nonviolent Resistance to Dictatorship

Linked below is a free online resource compiled by “nonviolent activists from around the world.” The guide is “designed to kick start a global conversation on how—and how not—to support democratic activists around the world,” and includes over one hundred nonviolent tactics to affect change in violent and politically oppressive societies. There are tactics for actors at all levels, and they span the quite the range from conventional to daring.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/outsiders-guide.org/The+Outsider%27s+Guide+to+Supporting+Nonviolent+Resistance+to+Dictatorship.pdf