Practice & Presence: A Gathering for Christians in Health Care
Modern medicine is characterized by treating the body as machine. This approach has generated remarkable technological capacities to fix broken bodies, but in doing so, Wendell Berry argues, it has advanced a false vision of creaturely health and come often to obstruct the healing that humans need. What is a truer vision of creaturely health? What is the healing that humans need, and how can Christian health care practitioners cooperate in that healing? From Friday afternoon through Saturday evening, participants will consider these questions in light of Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities, while joining in prayer, worship, and friendship with others called to participate in Christ’s healing ministry.
From Friday afternoon through Saturday evening on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, and other health care practitioners will gather:
- To tune our eyes and hearts to see how God is present in our work in health care
- To engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how our imaginations and our practices might be transformed
- To grow in friendship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship
- To rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for us and for our world.
Early Registration: For those who register by Friday, September 2, 2022
Trainee or Clergy: $200
Regular Registration: For those who register between September 3-18, 2022
Trainee or Clergy: $225
Registration closes Sunday, September 18, 2022