The focus of Medicine and Ministry is the health of the whole person, mind, body, and spirit, an idea introduced in the 1940s by Swiss physician/theologian Paul Tournier. His whole-person healing principles are the criteria for our choice of speakers as we explore issues of physical and spiritual healing.
Tournier believed that it is futile to attempt to heal the body without addressing the emotional and spiritual dimensions of the person, the part can never be well until the whole is well. The attitude of the healer (physician, therapist, chaplain, clergy) is vital to the process. The goal of this conference is to nurture these ideas among healing professionals, including spouses and partners, lay and professional.
Medicine and Ministry, while historically Christian, welcomes all persons, regardless of their chosen spiritual path.
This year’s annual conference will again bring together a gifted keynote speaker and a group of active, vital healers and spouses. We listen to new ideas and perspectives from our featured speaker and then gather in small groups for extended discussion. There is also ample time for mountain recreation, time for singing (please bring your musical instrument), and time for gathering with friends old and new.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. Newcomer greeting in Fireplace room. Carol Graf-Beard and Becky Johnston
7:00 Convener’s Welcome and Speaker Introduction
7:15 Session I – Brian McLaren
8:30 Small Groups
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m. Session II – Brian McLaren
11:00` Small Groups
12:00 p.m. Lunch
3:00 Optional Activities (hiking, labyrinth walk, tennis etc)
4:00 Question & answer with Brian McLaren
5:00 Social Hour in Fireplace Room: Happy Hour. Fireside Social
7:00 Session III – Brian McLaren
8:30 Small Groups
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
8:00 Breakfast and packup
8:55 Session IV – Brian McLaren
10:45 Worship with homily, music
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
James Nourse, PhD, Hendersonville, 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.