The Leading Causes of Life is a theory, but it is also visible in practices that arise out of the confluence of faith and health. Better viewed as a potent set of questions rather than of self-contained answers, LCL theory gives leaders operating in the context of complex, fluid, turbulent community challenges a way envisage the life of the whole. Part of a larger suite of ideas emerging at the intersection of faith and health at public scale, it is also part of a larger scientific curiosity about how order emerges, is sustained, and moves toward higher order in complex systems.
The framework includes five overarching concepts that are taken to be definitive of generative life processes:
Coherence, connection, agency, hope and intergenerativity.
Each of these concepts covers a particular field of thought and practice, and within each, various strands of other research can be gathered. The real innovation of the LCL Framework lies precisely in its claim to be a comprehensive view that is capable of integrating a wide range of perspectives and ideas from multiple disciplines in a way that provides the ground for shifting the general paradigm of how we understand health and well-being.
Leading Causes of Life has a way of rolling, somewhat like a 'murmuration,' something starlings do, a beautiful example of emergent, dynamic complexity that cannot be explained by inorganic or linear logic, only by life.
Murmuration by Paul Laurienti