Tue20Jul202110.30 am - 12 noonZoom
Christians on Aging - Importance of Faith amongst Black Older Christians
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Faith is an important part of many older Black people, as a matter-of-fact faith is engrained in their lives. In most cases it does not just define who they are, or what they do, but it also shapes their life day-to-day choices. Older Black Christians use their faith as a coping mechanism. When facing life stressors, their religious beliefs help them to manage personal behaviour and response to others. Faith is woven in the intergenerational engagement in the Black community, the interactions with the younger generation. Faith comes to the fore in overall health and wellbeing decision-making. Most importantly, Older Black Christians build their resilience and positive attitude towards life via their religious beliefs, largely Christianity. For older Black Christians, losing touch with God could be the start of a myriad of issues including depression, anxiety or worthlessness of life. Older Black Christians are adept at using scriptural references in day-to-day situations. They say after their loved ones have been wronged, “don’t worry, the Lord will punish the wicked”. This is their approach to conflict-resolution and maintain peace. A constant reference to the supremacy of God and a determiner of outcomes are spontaneous natural responses. Faith is the best inheritance they are planning to leave behind for their children, grandchildren and generations after.
Charles Kwaku-Odoi is the CEO of CAHN: CAHN is a Black-led organisation set up to address the wider social determinants to reduce health inequalities for people of Caribbean & African in Greater Manchester and beyond. We work with the Black community and cross-sector organisations to build community resilience, relationships and a social movement to reduce health inequalities.
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