Category - health

  • 9 Apr 2009

    It can be hard to quantify the benefit of having chaplains, says Mark Vernon. Their work is not amenable to a cost-benefit analysis. But that does not mean it has no value or effect, just that it has to be assessed in human rather than statistical terms.

  • 8 Apr 2009

    Health is not is not a reductionist industrial process, says Stephen G. Wright. It is about attending to deep human, relational and spiritual needs. This is what NHS chaplaincy is about.

  • 8 Apr 2009

    As the current debate about how chaplaincy should be funded illustrates, handling spiritual needs in a plural health system can be tricky.

  • 8 Apr 2009

    A secularist call for an end to taxpayer funding for the NHS chaplaincy service has been described as "erroneous and simplistic" by Unite, the largest union in the country.

  • 8 Apr 2009

    Churches and religious organisations should fund chaplaincy and spiritual care in the National Health Service instead of the taxpayer, says the National Secular Society.

  • 16 Mar 2009

    Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have joined African religious leaders in publicly undergoing testing to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and combat its stigma.

  • 21 Feb 2009

    How economies will fare after the current financial seism has passed, says Manoj Kurian, will depend very much on how governments and civil society are able to care for the welfare and health of their people during the crisis.

  • 30 Jan 2009

    Religious leaders have joined the World Health Organisation in calling for an end to the common misuse of the word "leper", which they believe has become a deeply discriminatory and damaging term.

  • 1 Oct 2008

    The executive committee of the World Council of Churches has used the opportunity of its latest gathering in Switzerland to maintain its active concern with many of the world's trouble spot and most pressing humanitarian issues.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    Black church leaders have joined health experts in welcoming findings from a new opinion poll showing widespread public opposition to adding the DNA of innocent mental health patients to the National Criminal DNA database.