Wed lunch mtg (guest speaker), job & scholarship opp, events this week(end)

Dear PHCF,

The Lord says to his chosen ones: do not fear. For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive... (Isaiah 44:3-4) Friends, I love that God is the initiator here: he pours out grace to lift us from the mire, provides for our needs, gives us the Wonderful Counselor - but what is the end goal? In verse 5, Isaiah relates three variations of the same result: that God's chosen ones proudly claim, "I belong to the Lord." Will you trust in the Lord today, with all your fears and stresses - whether for our nation which struggles so much with opium addiction, gun violence, and even listening with empathy and compassion; or for your schoolwork, research, and projects; for any aspect of your life? Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Tomorrow, we meet in room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm. Keilah Jacques from the Office of Student Affairs will lead us in exploring questions/understandings about suffering.

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. study group) on Fridays at 4pm (contact Teresa)
Helpful links: PHCF facebook page | PHCF website | map/list of local churches

If you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF, please email!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF

Other announcements:
  • Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Thomistic Institute talk: Nov 9
  • Global missions health conference in Louisville: Nov 9-11
  • Ethnos Baltimore conference: Nov 11
1. Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Christian WASH NGO Lifewater has a job opening - courtesy of PHCF alumnus Lindsay Lange -
  • Student essay content on Religion/Spirituality and Public Health (cash prize) - We encourage you to consider submitting an essay to the 2nd annual Spirituality and Public Health 2017 Student Essay Contest. First held in last year -- see Fall 2016 contest winners (link) -- this annual national contest is organized by faculty from many SPHs that include Berkeley, Hopkins, Maryland, and others. More than 3000 empirical studies have been published on spirituality, religion and health, and you are invited to write about what this might mean for Public Health. Separate divisions exist for graduate students and undergraduates. Prizes are $1000 (1st), $600 (2nd), and $300 (3rd) in each division (6 total prizes). Please share with your friends here or at other SPHs via email, Facebook, or other social media, and visit the contest website for more information or to upload your submitted essay:
2. Thomistic Institute talk: Thurs Nov 9
Our friends at the Thomistic Institute would like to invite you to their next talk, Nov 9, 7-8:30pm in Mountcastle Auditorium in PCTB. The title of the talk is: "Does God exist? An argument for God's existence from Thomas Aquinas" by Fr. James Brent - social happy hours before/after the talk.
3. Global Missions Health Conference: Thurs-Sat Nov 9-11
Please pray for the brothers and sisters gathering in Louisville KY this Thursday through Saturday who want to delve into how our work in health care (and associated fields) can be used mightily for God's mission around the world.

4. Ethnos Baltimore Conference: Sat Nov 11
Several Baltimore churches are banding together to put together a conference called Ethnos this Saturday. The theme is: Flourish, the quest for human dignity. How can we as the church pursue God's justice for everyone made in His image? More information and register here.

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. (Phil 2:1-2)


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