The Conference on Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person is an ecumenical gathering which seeks to foster and facilitate a meaningful dialogue bridging the common ground between the health care profession and the clergy. While foundationally Christian, the conference is open and welcoming to all persons, regardless of their chosen spiritual path.
Health of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – is the focus of Medicine and Ministry, a concept introduced in the 1940s by French physician/ theologian Paul Tournier. For the last 42 years this conference has strived to keep his healing principles vital and relevant by choosing speakers from the healing professions who help conferees explore issues of emotional, spiritual and physical healing.
Who comes to Medicine & Ministry?
Healing of the whole person involves the attitude of the healer. Our purpose is to develop and nurture this understanding in the lives and work of the doctors, clergy and health care providers who participate in the conferences. We also believe that spouses/partners, lay or professional, should be recognized as full partners in the healing team, and that they are integral in every aspect of the conference. To make that easier in some cases, arrangements can be made for child care, and scholarships are available.
Where is Medicine and Ministry?
Medicine and Ministry is held in early November in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, NC at the Kanuga Conference Center. While the conference is unaffiliated, the Conference Center is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
Coming in November, 2015: Philip Newell
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