Reflections on Health and Healing for Churches on Commemorative World Health Days
This booklet includes 15 reflections on international commemorative health days from Dr Mwai Makoka WCC Programme Executive for Health and Healing, who emphasises that he is not a theologian, but “ a lay Christian who is a medical professional and keen to promote health and healing from a Christian perspective.
- The church is a place of health education.
- The church is a place of practical action.
- The church is a place for advocacy and care for creation.
- The church is a place of empowerment for public witness.
These reflections have been prepared primarily for Christian congregations whose churches are members of the WCC. Christians from other church denominations and all people of good will are nevertheless welcome to use them. Churches have a mix of people at various academic, professional, and occupational levels, and in different personal and family circumstances – we trust that everyone will find something that speaks to them in their situation.
The reflections are short enough to be read during a church service on the Sunday closest to the commemorative day. Ideally, they should be used in this way. They can also be read and discussed in small groups: for example, during midweek prayers, Bible study, or youth groups.
In churches that have a health committee, the committee can guide the congregation with the different proposed points of action, including those that emerge from the discussions. The committee can also help to adapt the issues to the local context.
Read the handbook in Spanish
Read the handbook in French
View the handbook in the World Council of Churches webpage
Click here for Health Promoting Churches – Volume II