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–February 2018:
Global Integration, Global Integrity, and Global Integrators
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We want to let our colleagues know about the efforts to link together on behalf of “global integration” (GI) as well as our availability to discuss/speak on GI topics of mutual interest.

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). It involves actively integrating our lives with global realities 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) for God’s glory.
GI is especially important in view of 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 increasingly include “global integrity” in our GI work—integrity at the individual-institutional-international levels—and see them as inseparable (e.g., see our 2017 “GI-GI Maps” presentation.)
In addition to the MC Updates, we have regularly sent Global Integration Updates to over 1900 colleagues. Our GI work as psychologists 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 (largely from the health, development, and humanitarian sectors) that we review to inform our work and regularly share with colleagues.
One of the greatest opportunities for further developing GI would be convening roundtables (online and in vivo) and organizing new coalition(s) of colleagues who are committed to both GI and GMC (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.
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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