We’re excited to announce that the first volume in our East Coast Theology series, Pandemic, Public Health, and the People of God, is available now for purchase!
To celebrate this milestone, we invite you to join us for our East Coast Theology Summer School from June 13-15. We will be hosting a special launch event on the afternoon of Thursday, June 15 that will include a panel discussion on the church and public health with Dr. Robert Strang, and seminars hosted by ADC faculty. Plan to join us on-site or online!
About Pandemic, Public Health, and the People of God
As we continue to navigate the realities and reflect on the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this volume is a timely resource for anyone interested in how the church can be involved in public health.
What does public health have to do with Christianity? How should Christians and churches in Atlantic Canada and beyond respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic? In this first volume of East Coast Theology, the faculty of Acadia Divinity College reflect biblically and theologically on these questions. Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia was a collaborator on this project by writing the foreword and afterword of this volume.
This book provides church members and leaders with theological reflections and practical ideas for ministering through health care. As a result, we hope that followers of Christ will be at the forefront of efforts for relief and healing on Canada’s East Coast both today and in the future. As people called by God to care for others, our vision should be nothing less than this.
What People are Saying About the Book
“The impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus created an uncertain and frightening world. The pain and suffering affected everyone including Indigenous, African Canadians, children, and the elderly. This easily read anthology by Christians from Canada’s East Coast examines the dangers of hyper-individualism and materialism when faced with such a crisis. The authors offer a message of collaboration, faith in God, the ministry of healing, and compassion. This book reveals the church at its most prophetic and theology at its most practical.”
—Andrew Stirling, ambassador, Canadian Bible Society
“This book is a timely reminder that as Jesus’ followers, we must thoughtfully engage in the healing of our communities through every aspect of life, just as he did—not only during a pandemic, but at all times. As part of our Christian witness, we are always challenged to hold the tension between our individual desires and working for collective good within our neighborhoods and the world.”
—Jennifer Lau, executive director, Canadian Baptist Ministries
Continue the Conversation
Download the free discussion guide for use with your church, small group, book club, or on your own. Five to seven questions are provided for each chapter of the book. We hope that this discussion guide helps you develop theological reflections and practical ideas for ministering through health care.