Global Integration

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Global Integration
GI involves actively integrating our lives globally by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based).

As Christians we foundationally and ultimately engage in GI for God’s glory.

See personal note at the end.

This GI section contains links to six topics:

1. GI Updates and Special News. Sent to colleagues from  2012-current (resources, news, ideas for developing GI, etc.).

2. GI Overview. Includes the initial entries that helped define and launch GI in 2011.

3. GI Endorsements (academic)

4. GI Seminars. One example: Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Mental Health Professionals (presentaton 23 March 2017, George Fox University).  See also the article Global Integration: Addressing the Pressing Issues in Our World as Mental Health Professionals. Kelly and Michele O’Donnell, Christian Psychology Around the World (March 2016, pp. 192-195)

5. GI Webinars Interactive gatherings exploring GI, especially global member care, global mental health, and sustainable development topics.

6. See the weblog entries:
Global Integrators (reflections on the people and processes involved in global integration), January-December 2015 on the CORE Member Care weblog.
Global Integrity (perspectives and practices to promote “moral wholeness for a whole world”), January-December 2016 on the CORE Member Care weblog.

Personal note from Kelly and Michele–July 2018:
Global Integration, Global Integrity, and Global Integrators

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  1. For the last seven years we have been increasingly centering member care practice in the broader context of global integration” (GI). For some this might seem like a distraction—going too far afield outside of member care and mainstream mission. Yet overall we have found GI to be a key strategy to open up new opportunities and resources for member care/mission.

2. GI is a framework which guides our work and which we believe is crucial for a) member care practice and direction; b) colleagues working in different sectors and settings;  and c) all those who endeavor to live as global citizens (i.e. our common identity and responsibility as humans). GI involves actively integrating our lives with global realities for God’s glory: by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the major issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, human rights, faith-based).

3. GI recognizes that our globalizing world community must prioritize wellbeing for all people, lasting peace, justice, prosperity, and the enduring protection of the planet. As Christians, our global involvement includes the central mandate (duty—desire–delight) to share the good news and our good works with all people and all people groups. Further, we see the foundation that underlies GI’s emphasis on “common ground for the common good” as being the historical person of Jesus Christ. We thus also acknowledge the underlying reality of God and His redemptive purposes in Jesus Christ in dealing with the undermining reality of evil and human sin (see Faith-Based Foundations—Christian Worldview, 2015).

4. Our work in GI is especially influenced by the coordinated multi-sectoral and international efforts to promote well being for all people and the planet (e.g., the United Nations’ Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015–see July 2017 Progress Report; and One Humanity: Shared Responsibility, 2016–see November 2017 Progress Report) as well as the church-mission community’s work among the least-reached people groups (LPGs). We also increasingly include “global integrity” in our GI work—integrity at the individual-institutional-international levels—and see them as inseparable (e.g., see our 2018 presentation, Global Integration-Global Integrity: Applicatiions for Christians in Leadership”).

5. Global integration is not about instigating and imposing a system of global governance, neutralizing national sovereignty, and ushering in an authoritarian world order. Rather it is about fostering cooperation and good governance at all levels, from the local to the global. Nor is global integration about pushing for human homogeneity, cultural conformity, or ethical relativism. Rather it is about embracing our common humanity, prizing our rich variations, and engendering responsible lifestyles. Global integration is a framework to help us invest ourselves in fellow humans in every sphere of influence in which we live.

6. Our GI work as psychologists, for example, is based in Geneva and focuses on global member careglobal mental health, and promoting integrity/confronting corruption globally. It includes regular interactions with personnel/events in the United Nations, World Health Organization, international NGOs, and faith-based organizations—and hence there are several materials, perspectives, and news items that we review to inform our work and regularly share with colleagues. In addition to the Member Care Updates, we regularly send Global Integration Updates to over 1900 colleagues.

7. So we support human efforts to do good—whether it be alleviating poverty among the one billion urban slum dwellers or protecting the 1.5 billion people living in settings exposed to violence and conflict, for example. We see these efforts as the imago Dei at work within the missio Dei, regardless of whether one believes in these things or not. Humans do good. However we think humans do better when they include and honor God in the process. And more specifically we think we can do much better at “transforming our world” if God is included and honored in our efforts and if we start with transformation in our own hearts. The world will not be a sustainably better, transformed place unless better, transformed people make it so.

8. One of the greatest opportunities for further developing GI would be convening roundtables (online and in vivo) and organizing new coalitions of colleagues who are committed to GI and crossing sectors on behalf of specific areas such as member care and/or mental health (global integrators). The time is clearly here, from our vantage point, to develop new entities and emphases that reflect global realities (issues, responsibilities and opportunities), while still staying true to the member care core: focusing on the wellbeing and effectiveness of the diversity of mission workers and their sending groups. For more perspectives—reflections, research, and resources–see the 25 entries on Global Integrators (2015) and the 25 entries on Global Integrity (2016) featured on our CORE member Care weblog.

See also:
Special news from us: A new season of relevance and resilience (October 2017)

Member Care Associates Inc

Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a Christian non-profit organisation working internationally from the USA and Geneva. We focus on personnel development for mission, humanitarian, development, and health workers and their organizations; global mental health; ethics and good practice; and integrity/anti-corruption. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications.

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The image at the top (global pearl) is the main image we are currently using for Global Integration. It is a cover detail form Global Member Care (volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013). William Carey Library.

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