Medicine and Ministry Conference
The 50th Medicine and Ministry Conference will take place March 17-20, 2022, at Kanuga Conference Center. This will be the final formal conference for Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person which began in 1972.
Kanuga Conference Center, March 17-20, 2022
The 2022 Conference will feature Dr. Christina Puchalski, professor of internal medicine (palliative care) at George Washington University and the founding director of GWISH, the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, and the Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn, executive director and CEO of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. They will bring to us not only their expertise in whole person care—in medicine and in ministry—but also their wisdom about endings and farewells, to help us close this wonderful venture with the joy, integrity, and love that have characterized its long and fruitful life.
For those who are unable to attend in person, a virtual component will be available, live and/or recorded.
Please plan now to join us March 17-20, 2022, to celebrate the remarkable 50-year tenure of Medicine and Ministry. The schedule for the Conference plus registration information and links will be added to this page in a few months.
Dr. Norman and Carolyn Boyer, The Rev. George W. and Pat Kinnamon,
Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Sosnowski
M & M STEERING COMMITTEE
Dr. Carol Graf-Beard and Alex Beard, Mount Pleasant, SC
Dr. Dan Johnston and Rev. Becky Johnston, Hampstead, NC
Dr. Charles and Susan Lefler, Brevard, NC
Dr. Margaret Mohrmann and Dr. Deborah E. Healey, Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Ellyn Mullis, Statesville, NC
Rev. John Renfro, Murrel’s Inlet, SC
Dr. John G. and Lynn Roach, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dr. Charles and Jeanne Sasser, Greenville, SC
Rev. Nancy Walton, Asheville, NC
A Personal Reflection on the Medicine and Ministry Conference
Some years ago a friend and colleague began encouraging me to come to the Medicine and Ministry conference. I was a hard sell. My early life in the church did not leave me with fond feelings for religion and, frankly, the main reason I decided to attend was that I needed the continuing education credits offered that year and the conference was about five minutes from where I live. What I discovered completely overturned my prejudices. Here was a group of individuals and couples who were genuinely committed to the integration of spirituality and healing, and speakers who invited us to relate to both of these spheres in innovative and consciousness-expanding ways. All this, embedded within a warm and relaxed group of fellow seekers and a beautiful setting. In an era when mechanistic thinking and concern with technique dominate health care, this conference is a temenos, a sacred space, for practitioners, clergy, and those who are dear to them, to nourish the person behind the profession, and to acknowledge that the Presence of the healer is at least as important as the tools that s/he wields.