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Dear friends and colleagues,
 
Would you celebrate with us? We are honored and delighted to share how the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative (TMC) at Duke Divinity School has taken root and blossomed in the past two years. American health care may be in crisis, but caring for the sick remains a sacred calling. In the TMC Initiative, we work to equip Christian health care practitioners, ministers, and congregations to embrace that calling and live into it with theological clarity and spiritual joy. See updates below on two of our signature projects: the TMC Fellowship and the Reimagining Health Collaborative. 
 
Would you also partner with us? Pray that those involved in TMC would receive grace and courage to follow Christ in the work he has prepared us to do. Spread the word about TMC to health care students, practitioners, and congregational leaders. And join us for the 2017 Practice and Presence Conference, May 19-21, as together we renew our imaginations in order to faithfully reengage our vocations in health care. 
 
With much gratitude,
Farr Curlin, MD and Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD
Co-Directors of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative
Duke Divinity School
 
The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship celebrated its first year and eight graduating Fellows in May and then in August welcomed our second entering class of TMC Fellows to Duke Divinity School.  The fourteen Fellows in the class of 2016-17 represent a number of Christian denominations and ranged from areas across the country as far south as Florida and as far northwest as Washington State. The class includes mid-career clinicians, students in the midst of medical school or other training programs, and students spending a year at Duke Divinity School prior to enrollment in clinical training programs.
No two TMC Fellows have precisely the same questions or reasons for which they have been led to this community, but all of us embark together as we explore questions related to healthcare and healing in contemporary culture. This is a community in which we try to think with the Church about the intersections of the cura corporis and cura animae and the Christian call to neighbor love in ecclesial and clinical settings.
— Maria Surat, TMC Fellow, Class of 2016  
TMC Fellows spend two semesters enrolled in full time study and participating fully in the life and community of Duke Divinity School. The Fellowship provides additional mentorship and formative experiences as well as scholarship support for selected students. Please help raise awareness of this unique program by sharing and forwarding this newsletter to friends and colleagues.
Click Here to learn more about the Fellowship in Theology, Medicine, and Culture.
The Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) convenes churches and Christian communities to engage more fully in God’s healing and restoring work through innovative and faithful practices of health and health care. Participating congregations engage in focused theological education around health and medicine, assess the needs and capacities of their congregations and local communities, develop and implement new or expanded “demonstration projects” around health and medicine, and learn from one another in an environment of shared mission and support.
One congregation’s story

“Located on Franklin Street, the bustling center of Chapel Hill, University United Methodist Church is frequently called upon to answer the needs of individuals just outside the church’s front doors... But as the University UMC Health Ministries Committee sat around on a September evening in 2015, discussing how they could better walk alongside these individuals, it became clear that the first steps would need to happen inside their own walls.”

Click here to read more about their project with RHC.
There are currently 23 congregational teams participating in the collaborative from 15 different cities across 4 states.  Participating congregations represent a variety of denominational affiliations, including Baptist, Churches of Christ, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist and non-denominational.

Click Here to learn more about RHC and how your congregation can participate.
 
Important Dates & Events
Upcoming TMC Seminars
TMC Fellowship
Priority Deadline
January 15, 2017

Richard Payne, MD
Friday, November 18th
12:00-1:15pm

RHC Application
Launch January 2017

Karla Holloway, PhD
Friday, December 2nd
12:00-1:15pm

Practice & Presence
May 19-21, 2017

 

Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD
Friday, January 20th
12:00-1:15pm
Click here to see all upcoming TMC Events.

TMC Seminars now available on iTunes U

The Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative is excited to announce the launch of our iTunes U Collection. Starting with Fall 2016 TMC Seminars, we will make available audio and video content from Seminars and other events in this collection.
Healing Words

“I have come to think of the practice of medicine as being closer in spirit to the humanities than to the pure sciences. If it fails to pay attention to its humanistic aspect—the aspect that is most fully expressed through storytelling—medicine has the potential to do great harm.”

Click here to read the full article published in Duke Magazine.

To read more TMC stories, click here.
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