The Holy Friendship Summit will hold a conference on May 18-19, 2018 titled "The Holy Friendship Summit: Healing the Heart of Southern Appalachia." This conference aims to gather clergy, clinicians, and congregants to to produce networks and share resources regarding opioid addiction in Southern Appalachia. It will feature local and nationally renowned experts providing a broad array of perspectives about the opioid addiction crisis.
Farr A. Curlin, M.D., Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities at the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke University and Duke School of Medicine, and the co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, is one of 15 members of a multidisciplinary steering committee hosting the two-day conference.
The conference will feature several Duke Divinity faculty as speakers including: Ray Barfield, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy at the school and the director of the Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care Program at Duke University; Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and the Divinity School; and Richard Payne, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine and divinity at the Divinity School.