Nurses Christian Fellowship NZ monthly news bulletin
If someone asked you “Who is God?” or “What is God?” how would you answer the question? I gave it my best shot several years ago (here) and can tell you it is no easy task. It is, as the saying goes, like trying to define the undefinable.
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Online Survey of Nurses’ Personal and Professional Praying
O’Connell-Persaud, Shannon, BSN, RN; Dehom, Salem, MPH; Mamier, Iris, PhD, RN; Gober-Park, Carla, PhD, MPH, MS, RN; Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston, PhD, RN
Holistic Nursing Practice: May/June 2019 – Volume 33 – Issue 3 – p 131–140
This study explored how nurses’ prayer beliefs and practices are associated with their offering to pray with patients. Participants (N = 423) completed an online survey. Those with higher prayer experience scores were 9% more likely to offer prayer to patients; those working in religious settings were 2.5 times more likely offer prayer to patients.
Chances are, you go for a physical check-up every year. But what about a spiritual check-up? From time to time, it makes sense to take a pause—and evaluate yourself and the world around you to be sure you’re living a life that is both addressing your spiritual needs and caring for your soul.
Research validates the benefits of meditation and mindfulness techniques to reduce the stress and anxiety of modern living
Prominent critics of assisted dying — including Bill English — won’t explain how much their religious views influence their opposition to a law change.
New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation’s Kerri Nuku was a panel member of Health Central’s ChalkTalks panel discussion on the End of Life Choice Bill and said nurses must be included in any legislation and conversation that involves end of life care.
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It took 16 months, almost 40,000 submissions, and a nationwide tour of 14 cities.
The result was a report that found no agreement on whether the End of Life Choice Bill should be passed, made no substantive recommendations, drew few conclusions and disappointed those on both sides of a hard-fought debate.
As the time approaches for Parliament’s Justice Committee to report back on David Seymour’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill, it is timely to carefully review the impact of legalisation in countries like Canada, often cited by Seymour as exemplary.
WATCH: Stuff Circuit’s new documentary explores the heated abortion debate, where beliefs are as salient as facts.
Circuit is a series of five investigations brought to you by Stuff Circuit, Stuff’s video-led, longform investigative unit. The series is funded by NZ On Air and is created in partnership with Māori Television.
The five investigations will be released throughout 2019.
Social issues and reports (Salvation Army, Caritas etc)
Women experiencing family and domestic violence within faith communities can face attitudes and practices that encourage them to stay in relationships with their abusers
Pastoral/community health care (incl church based health programmes)
Several studies are citing churches as influential institutions for lifestyle change, particularly in black communities. A study conducted analyzes improvements in blood pressure after motivational interviewing focused on plant-based diets, increased exercise, and stress management. One key finding is the importance of non-healthcare providers in advising and improving cardiovascular outcomes. Read the article.
The recent deaths of of two Parkland teens and a Sandy Hook father have brought needed attention to the phenomenon of survivor guilt.
Health and wellbeing (resilience, mindfulness etc)
As 2019 began and you reviewed the stresses and successes of the previous year, you may have resolved to try to meet the challenges of the year ahead more resiliently. In this learning activity, we’ll review perspectives on personal resilience, and its potential – and limits – for your professional life.
A doctor from Palmerston North wants his Kiwi friends and colleagues to understand what it means to be a Muslim.
Following the Christchurch mosque attacks, Dr Syed Ahmer, a psychiatrist at Palmerston North Hospital was inspired to write the list in an attempt to educate people about his religion.
Articles of interest
Like many campaigners against hate speech, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman would rather not discuss how a law change would affect freedom of religion.
If there is a case to be made for stricter hate-speech laws, you’d have to say Green MP Golriz Ghahraman doesn’t appear to be the best person to make it.
Faith in the community
Mairehe Louise Tankersley survived the CTV Building collapse. Through Tikanga Māori, she is devoted to giving others a second chance at a good life. Vicki Anderson reports.
OPINION: The Israel Folau saga shows just how uncomfortable we are with talking about faith, writes Jehan Casinader.
After the right number of beers, conversations can get deep.
“Is there a God? Where does he live? And why does he hate me?”
A Catholic priest told a gathering of about 300 people in Auckland for a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings, that terrorists do not dictate interfaith relations.
Psychology Today (blog)
Also, are there health benefits to be gained by participating in faith-based communities? Yes, there is convincing evidence that: 1) religious …
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