Isaac Voss, our new anthropology professor, has just released an edited volume, Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions. The volume is co-edited by Bryant Myers, professor of International Development at Fuller Theological Seminary, Erin Dufault-Hunter, associate professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Isaac Voss, assistant professor of anthropology at Vanguard University.
In this volume, authors with an interest in health “missions” from a wide variety of experiences and disciplines examine health and healing through the theological lens of shalom. For every age, Christians need to examine how they can best announce the gospel message of God’s healing in word and deed in their own context. In our era, we are often simultaneously grateful for modern medicine and frustrated by its inability to care for the whole person in effective, affordable ways. Shalom, often translated “peace” or “wholeness,” names a much more complex understanding of human well-being as right relationships with one another, with God, and with creation. Reading about various aspects of healthcare missions through this lens not only yields much-needed correctives to current practice but also exposes the Spirit’s invitation to participate in God’s ongoing work of tending, caring, and healing our broken world.
Isaac served as the facilitating editor for the project and co-authored two chapters in the book. One chapter was authored with a nurse, Anntippia Short, and is titled “Overcoming Barriers in the City: Transforming Cross-Cultural Practices for Health Workers.” The chapter draws from the authors’ experiences of starting a medical clinic in Watts, CA, and presents five practices that equip and empower cross-cultural workers. The second chapter, “Looking Forward in the Healthcare Missions Movement,” was written along with theologian Erin Dufault-Hunter and physician Rick Donlon. This chapter focuses on the future of the healthcare missions movement.
As this book emerged from an interdisciplinary conversation, Isaac looks forward to seeing how it will be used to equip students, health workers, theologians, and others as they follow Jesus’ example and help others to truly flourish.
The book is available for purchase on the publisher’s website (www.missionbooks.com) or at Amazon.com.