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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I submit this contribution, comprising two parts, in deep solidarity with all who lost loved ones during 9/11. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE CURRENT SOCIO-POLITICAL ROLE OF RELIGION PART I: RELIGIOUS NATIONALISM 1. Introduction The... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Healthcare: Sensitivies and Space

It is indeed heartening to note that much of what have been said regarding religious needs of consumers of healthcare of different faiths, are already being attended to in practice. One could refer to these as sensitivities which healthcare professionals take into account. The following issues have... Sign in to see full entry.

Jews and Healthcare

Jews and Healthcare Anecdote “A case involving the death of a Jewish patient was resolved due to the cultural competence of the nurse. Matthew, an Orthodox Jew, requested to remain with the body of his deceased father until the mortuary came to pick up the body. According to Reyna, the nurse,... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslims and Healthcare

Muslims and Healthcare Anecdote “What did I do wrong”? A senior student at a College of Nursing asked at the annual retreat of the college for its students. She was referring to an incident when she barged into a ward bathroom the previous evening and found a Muslim lady on the floor. Her first... Sign in to see full entry.

Hindus and Healthcare

Hindus and Healthcare Anecdote “When Leila and her husband had their first son, they wanted to name him in the traditional Hindu manner, which meant waiting until he was seven days old. Before choosing a name, they would have to consult an astrologer who would give them a list of auspicious letters... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Christians and Healthcare

Christians and Healthcare Having looked at the particular needs of followers of the Baha’i Faith and Buddhists, we now give attention to Christians and Healthcare. Anecdote An elderly, devout Catholic lady came to the surgery just before Easter, very distressed because she had an acute attack of... Sign in to see full entry.

Buddhism and Healthcare

Buddhism and Healthcare What should healthcare professionals know in order to relate to and provide for the spiritual needs of a Buddhist patient? Anecdote A twenty-year-old Buddhist monk from Cambodia was in same-day surgery for a hernia repair, accompanied by his mother, aunt, and male cousin.... Sign in to see full entry.

Spirituality and Healthcare: The Baha’i Faith

Spirituality and Healthcare: The Baha’i Faith After the introduction which looked at the relationship between spirituality and healthcare, we now want to pay specific attention to the needs of adherents of particular faiths. In so doing, we firstly look at adherents of the Baha’i faith and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spirituality and Healthcare

Spirituality and Healthcare This series of entries aims to sensitize and equip healthcare practitioners with knowledge about the religious and spiritual needs of their patients. We are probably at our most vulnerable when we need healthcare. It is then that we want to draw on our spiritual... Sign in to see full entry.

Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr, Desmond Tutu and Barack Obama

OBSERVATIONS ON THE SPIRITUALITY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, DESMOND MPILO TUTU AND BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA 1.INTRODUCTION It is my intention with this essay to make some observations on the spirituality of three prominent individuals vis-à-vis three problematic issues that often surface when... Sign in to see full entry.

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