Church and Health

There are many advantages to having different perspectives on the concept of health. It may counterweigh a one-dimensional understanding of health, as for example the perspective that claims that all focus should be on the diagnosis and biomedical aspects of health. (Page 26 in "Church and Health")

This document is a slightly revised edition of a paper presented to the Church of Norway General Synod 2015. It explores the Church´s health-related services from a broad perspective:

  • as health promotion,
  • as help in coping with life,
  • as medical treatment,
  • as care for the sick.

In the document, the concept of health is discussed in relation to contemporary perspectives and understanding of health issues. The intention is to establish a deeper and more affirmative understanding that we as a Church share the vision of providing this important service to the world. The study brings forward theological insights and takes up professional health-related challenges.

The document has been developed through a work process that has included several seminars, consultation with different specialists and dialogue in the Contact Forum for Health and Church.

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