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Things Fall Apart: The Social Impact of Ebola

Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe and tells the story of the life of a leader and local wrestling champion in a fictional group of villages in Nigeria.  Set in pre-colonial Nigeria in the 1890s, the novel highlights the inevitable clash between colonialism and traditional culture. The protagonist is Okonkwo who is strong, hard-working, and strives to show no weakness.  However, even in strength we find weakness and as Okonkwo struggles with the imposed values of colonialism versus traditional culture he learns that things can and sometimes do fall apart. Read more.

Don’t Press. Just Be There

Applying the Five Principles of Ohashiatsu to Community Engagement

Recently I was looking through old files and came across this list of principles for practicing a certain kind of shiatsu massage called Ohashiatsu.  Ohashiatsu practice works off the paradoxical idea that when we are serving another person, the more we try to “do something,” the less effective we will be. Read more.

Faith Communities, Social Relationships and Health

A few years ago a study came out that showed that social relationships--the human connections that we share with other people--have a powerful influence on our health.   Read more.

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