At its core, medicine is a practice of attending to those who suffer. Christians know that “those who suffer” are the neighbors we are called to love, even those in whom Jesus visits us (Mt. 25: 34-46).
Who is equal to such a task? What does it look like when done well? What practices strengthen us for this sacred work? Join us in September as we wrestle with these questions, seeking to receive from God gifts that will renew us in our vocations as health care practitioners.
Over 3 days and 2 nights, on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, other health practitioners, and spouses 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.
Graphic Recording Posters from the 2018 practice & Presence Gathering
Click on the images below to download all five posters from the 2018 plenary sessions. Many thanks for Brittany Zeller-Holland from Two-If-By-Sea Studios for her beautiful work!
Ray Barfield, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian philosophy at Duke Divinity School and Director of the Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care Program at Duke University.
Kate Bowler, PhD
Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. Her recently published her memoir is Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved) (Random House, February 2018).
Gabrielle Daniels, MPH, MACS
Racial Justice Fellow, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama. Graduate of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship, Duke Divinity School.
Ellen Davis, PhD
Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School focuses on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations.
Consultant, professional speaker, and storyteller focused on authentic storytelling. Host and Producer of The Monti storytelling events in North Carolina.
Patrick T. Smith, PhD
Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics at Duke Divinity School. His book Valuing Human Life at the End of Life: Theological Ethics and Hospice Palliative Care is forthcoming.
Gloria Winston-Harris, MDiv
Pastor of CityWell Church and Director of Spiritual Development and Dialogue at North Carolina Central University, both in Durham, North Carolina.