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Faith in Health and Healing: Reintegrating the church with heatlh services
From the Anglican Health Network 1st February 2012, Geneva
The Anglican Health Network (AHN) today announced plans for a major conference in Birmingham, UK, in April 2013. "Christians promote a comprehensive experience of health and healing", states Revd Paul Holley, coordinator of the AHN. "However, this comprehensive ministry is now largely detached from the medical establishment. Faith has tended to settle into the private sphere and no longer pervades the places in which the sick are cared for."
What is the theological rationale for health ministry via the Faith Community Nurse?
WHAT IS THE THEOLOGICAL RATIONALE FOR HEALTH MINISTRY VIA THE FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE?
Dr. Antonia (Anne) Van Loon
"Great crowds came to him bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them." Matthew 15:30
The gospel is full of narratives of Jesus' actions of healing - physically, mentally and spiritually. Jesus instructs his disciples to 'go and preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick' (Luke 9:2). The Christian church, as the incarnation of Christ, is to follow his example.