Health as Mission

Grace Tazelaar, MS

This session explores the implications of defining health using the Hebrew concept of shalom. Building on Dr. Nicholas Woltersdorf’s description of shalom as reconciliation with God, self, others and the environment, we will examine the richness it offers in the healthcare professions. We will discuss the spiritual needs common in all people of meaning and purpose, love and belonging, and forgiveness. Ways that healthcare providers can assess these basic spiritual needs will be offered, and illustrations of how caring for spiritual needs have contributed to improved whole person health will be included.