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March 2021

TMC Seminar (Online) || Womanist Bioethics with Wylin Wilson, PhD, MS, MDiv

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4:30PM | Online (Zoom)

Professor Wilson’s work lies at the intersection of religion, gender, and bioethics. Her academic interests also include rural bioethics and Black church studies. Prior to joining Duke Divinity School in 2020, she was a teaching faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. She has also served as visiting lecturer and research associate at the Harvard Divinity School Women’s Studies in… […]

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September 2021

TMC Seminar (Online): “Pursuing Shalom in an Age of COVID-19: Some Theological Considerations” with Patrick T. Smith, PhD

Friday, September 3, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

Patrick T. Smith was named a 2016-17 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology and was the recipient of the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics. Along with his work at the Divinity school, he is the director of bioethics for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine and associate professor in population health sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Duke University Medical School. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the… […]

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TMC Seminar (Online): “Health, Wholeness, and Humanity: The Stewardship of Creation as if Matter Mattered” with Brian Volck, MD, MFA

Friday, September 17, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

Brian Volck is a pediatrician who received his undergraduate degree in English Literature and his MD from Washington University in St. Louis and his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words.He co-authored of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine with Joel Shuman. His essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in The… […]

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October 2021

TMC Seminar (Online): “Shepherding Patients and Families Through End-of-Life Dilemmas” with Kathryn Butler, MD

Friday, October 1, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

Kathryn Butler (MD, Columbia University) trained in surgery and critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she then joined the faculty. She left clinical practice in 2016 to homeschool her children, and now writes regularly for desiringGod.org and the Gospel Coalition on topics intersecting faith, medicine, and shepherding kids in the gospel. She is the author of Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care (Crossway, 2019) and Glimmers of Grace: A Doctor’s… […]

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TMC Seminar (Online): “No Cure for Being Human” with Kate Bowler, PhD

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

The world loves us when we are good, better, best, but what about when we get sick, lose someone we love, or life hasn’t turned out like we thought it should? Duke Professor Kate Bowler offers a richer understanding of hope in the face of uncertainty, despair, and suffering as we begin to understand that life is a chronic condition and there is no cure for being human.  Kate Bowler is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and… […]

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November 2021

TMC Seminar (Online): “Biblical Narratives of Healing” with Ellen Davis, PhD and C. Kavin Rowe, PhD

Friday, November 5, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. The author of eleven books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food… […]

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TMC Seminar (Online): “Thinking about Theology and Mental Health: Bible, Spirit, and Church” with John Swinton, PhD, RMN, RN

Friday, November 12, 2021, 12PM | Online (Zoom)

John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. For more than a decade John worked as a registered mental health nurse. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community mental health Chaplain alongside of people with severe mental health challenges who were moving from the hospital into the community. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health… […]

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Touching Death: Christian Perspectives on Anatomy Lab

Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:30PM | Online (Zoom)

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the theological dimensions of anatomy lab with Farr Curlin MD, palliative care physician and TMC Co-director, and J. Ross Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. The conversation will be moderated by UNC medical student and Triangle CMDA leader Hope Gehle. The panelists will consider such questions as: What is the dead body in relation to the living body? What are you touching when you touch a dead body? … […]

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January 2022

TMC Seminar (Online): “This Sacred Life: Linking Cosmology and Health” with Norman Wirzba, PhD

Friday, January 21, 2022, 12PM | Webinar

Norman Wirzba pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. He lectures frequently in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In particular, his research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life. He is currently the director of a multi-year, Henry Luce-Foundation-funded projected entitled “Facing the Anthropocene.” In this project, housed at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, he… […]

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