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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.

Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person: 
Celebrating 50 Years
Kanuga Conference Center, March 17-20, 2022
We will gather to celebrate and honor fifty years of our Medicine and Ministry community, founded on the principle that understanding others and ourselves as whole persons is fundamental to the provision of quality care in our professions, the integrity of our friendships and family relationships, and the goodness of our lives. 

During this weekend we will:

Reflect on how our Medicine and Ministry community affected not only our individual spiritual and professional journeys but also those whom we served – our patients and parishioners, colleagues, students, friends, and families.

Express gratitude for the gifts of shared personal growth, insights, and wisdom, and of being fully present to each other and to those we have served over all these years. 
Honor each other, especially in the deep friendships we have formed over these years. 
Rejoice in knowing that what M&M stands for lives on in the work and wisdom of those we have loved, mentored, and influenced.

While M&M, as a formal community, is coming to a close, we will take the time this weekend to honor what we started and sustained for fifty years, to delight in our friendships, and to celebrate the ripple effects of our community as it continues to claim and share waves of hope, of possibility, and of faithful service. 

Come join us to reminisce, share stories, laugh, cry, and celebrate fifty years of passionate commitment to whole persons, to healing, and to each other. 
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Conference Schedule


4:00 PM       Registration & check in

6:00 PM       Dinner

6:45 PM       First gathering
        6:45-7          Music
        7-7:20          Welcome and introductions
        7:20-8:00     Speakers’ Presentation #1
        8:15-9:00     Small groups
        9:00             Fellowship by the fire


7:30 AM     Meditation

8:00 AM     Breakfast

8:45 AM     Second Gathering
        8:45-9            Music
        9-9:15            Announcements
        9:15-10:45     Speakers’ Presentation #2
        11:00-noon    Small groups

Noon         Lunch

Afternoon free

6:00 PM     Dinner

6:45 PM     Third Gathering
        6:45-7 PM       Music
        7-7:15             M&M’s History: Founding and development
        7:15-8             Open mic night
                                    Stories: Who we have been and who we are
        8:00                50th Anniversary Party – and continuing reminiscences


7:30 AM     Meditation

8:00 AM    Breakfast

8:45 AM    Fourth Gathering
       8:45-9            Music
       9-9:15            Announcements
       9:15-10:45     Speakers’ Presentation #3
       11-noon         Small groups

Noon    Lunch

Afternoon free 

5:00 PM    Social Hour 

6:00 PM     Dinner

6:45 PM     Fifth Gathering
       6:45-7 PM     Music
       7 - 8              Open mic night
                                Stories: How M&M shaped us and where it’s leading us now
       8-8:30           Closing ceremony: Making a good end and setting an intention
       8:30              Champagne toasts – and continuing reflections


7:30 AM     Meditation 

8:00 AM     Breakfast

8:45 AM    Final Gathering
      8:45-9          Music
      9-9:15          Announcements
      9:15-10:30   Speakers’ Presentation #4 
      10:45           Worship service

Noon         Lunch and departure

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M&M Founders
Dr. Norman and Carolyn Boyer, The Rev. George W. and Pat Kinnamon,
Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Sosnowski

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.
—Jim Nourse, Ph.D  

2022 Speakers
Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, OCDS, FACP, FAAHPM, is the founder and Executive Director of the George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

Through her innovative curricular development including the development of the widely used spiritual history tool FICA she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in healthcare settings as an essential element of whole-person care which has led to the development of Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC). 

Dr. Puchalski is author of  Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality, Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying, and co-author of Making Health Care Whole and The Oxford Textbook of Spirituality and Health. In 2018, Dr. Puchalski was named as one of “30 Visionaries” in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Trace Haythorn, Ph.D. joined the staff of the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education in 2013 as executive director/CEO. In addition to his role with ACPE, Trace partners with Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs as leaders of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, an organization committed to research, innovation, and cross-sector engagement of chaplains and spiritual care professionals. 

Prior to coming to ACPE, Trace served as the executive director of the Frazer Center in Atlanta; President of the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta; professor and program director at Hastings College in Hastings, NE; and associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He completed his Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University, a masters of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts at Austin College (Sherman, TX). 

Trace has also completed executive education programs in social innovation and nonprofit leadership at Stanford University and strategic perspectives in nonprofit management at Harvard University. An ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Trace is married to the Reverend Mary Anona Stoops, and they have two children, Jacob (24) and Martha (21).
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