The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School is hosting its annual conference titled Practice and Presence: A Gathering for Christians in Health Care. The conference aims to help health care practitioners imagine and engage their vocations with clarity, faith, and joy. The theme of this year's conference is “Be Made Whole": Re-membering Health."
The conference will examine how modern medicine is characterized by treating the body as a machine. This approach has generated remarkable technological capacities to fix broken bodies, but in doing so, writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry argues, it has advanced a false vision of creaturely health that often obstructs the healing that humans need.
In light of Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities, participants will consider questions of 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? Participants will do so while joining in prayer, worship, and fellowship with others called to participate in Christ’s healing ministry.
The conference will feature speakers such as writer and pediatrician Brian Volck and Duke Divinity School Professors Sarah Barton, Farr Curlin, Ellen Davis, Warren Kinghorn, Brett McCarty, Kavin Rowe, and Patrick T. Smith. A resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Volck is co-author of the book “Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine.”
More information and registration details will be announced later.