Practice & Presence: A Gathering for Christians in Health Care

September 13-14, 2024
Friday, September 13, 2024 | 2pm - Saturday, September 14, 2024 | 7:30pm
Registration will open in spring 2024. Additional details about the 2024 program will be announced here soon.
Conference attendees gather in Goodson Chapel
In-person For Alumni For Clergy For Medical Professionals Credit Offered

About Practice & Presence

Are you a Christian in health care who longs to experience your healing work as a calling? Do you believe that the church should matter for modern health care? Do you long to connect your work with your Christian commitments?

One weekend each fall, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, and other health care practitioners gather at Duke Divinity School to:

  • Tune their eyes and hearts to see how God is present in their work in healthcare
  • Engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how their imaginations and their practices might be transformed
  • Grow in friendship with each other in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer, and worship
  • Rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for them and the world.

Practice & Presence 2024

Mental health is a hot topic impacting all areas of health care and the broader culture. This year’s Practice & Presence gathering invites participants of all backgrounds to pause and reflect on the contours of mental health in an unsettled age.

We all experience mental health challenges—loss, loneliness, fear, sadness. We commonly hear friends, colleagues, congregants, patients, and family members express feelings of fragmentation and unease or a sense of being overwhelmed. Anxiety regarding work, family, community, and the planet unsettles our sense of who we are and what we can hope for. How can Christian theology shape our understanding of mental health? How might Christian faith inspire us to attend well to ourselves, our loved ones, and those in our care in the face of mental health challenges?

The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School invites you to save the date for Practice & Presence: A Gathering for Christians in Health Care, to be held in Goodson Chapel on September 13-14, 2024. 


Man presenting a workshop with attendees seated around the classroom

Submit a Workshop Proposal

Abstracts accepted on a rolling basis through May 3

Every year during Practice & Presence, the TMC community offers workshops to enrich our time together. This year, concurrent workshops will be held in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, September 14. Seminar presenters will be assigned to offer their workshop during either the morning or afternoon session.

Workshops are 75 minutes long, and we encourage presenters to include ample time for discussion and connection. Sessions are limited to about 25-30 people to facilitate more intimate conversations among participants.

Each accepted proposal receives one complimentary registration. Co-presenters receive a 50% discount on registration.