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Theme: Finding God in All Things
Friday May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
Duke Divinity School
Registration Now Open!
We invite you to join us for Practice and Presence 2017.

Over the course of these three days, we explore and re-imagine the connections of vocation and faith, and tune our hearts and minds to find God present in all aspects of our work. We will engage in contemplative reading of scripture, spiritual practices of reflection, and learn from Ignatian practices of discernment and decision-making as they apply to our callings. Please consider joining us for this opportunity to grow in friendship and fellowship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship.
Keeping Body & Soul Together

David DeMarco, M.D., S.J, had a life changing experience early in his medical career.  “I heard something in my head. It was as though it was coming from outside of me, asking, 'Who are you that you would do this?' It wasn't a malignant question. It had a kind of gentleness, but it was one of those questions that slices right through you, a defining moment, a question I was convinced had come from the divine, breaking through my shell and pointing out something about who I really am and what I really want."
Now he has to pause sometimes and ask, "Which part of my identity am I playing out at the present moment?"  He is a physician priest — and a priest physician.   His work includes saying Mass on the weekends, helping with spiritual direction, practicing medicine, and teaching medical students
According to DeMarco, Ignatian spirituality makes it easy to combine practicing medicine, living the religious life in community, and serving as a priest — at least in theory. In practice it's a lot more difficult. 

Rev. Dr. DeMarco will be one of the featured guests at the upcoming Practice & Presence gathering. Read more of his story here
Held at Duke Divinity School, Practice & Presence aims to help health care practitioners and spouses imagine and engage their vocations with clarity, faith, and joy. Click here to learn more about the gathering and to register.
Do you feel called to work for the health and wellness of your community? Does your church have congregational care or health ministries in place, but long to do more? Does your church want to work with other congregations and community organizations to develop theologically-based wellness programs in your community?

The Reimagining Health Collaborative invites 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. This year’s cohort will focus on the church and mental health.

Over the course of our lives, approximately 45% of Americans will develop some form of mental illness—unfortunately common are depression, anxiety, and substance use. Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death among adolescents and adults. Living with mental illness, particularly serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is filled with both challenges and opportunities. The church must be equipped and energized to respond faithfully.
The Garden: Inspiration for the Reimagining Health Collaborative

"In the Bible, the story of humans begins in a garden. The first humans, formed from dust and breath, found their health maintained and sustained within a garden that contained “every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food” (Gen. 2:9, NRSV).  This organic language – of cultivation rather than production, of growth rather than construction, of tending rather than making – has become central to the vision of the Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) at Duke Divinity School."
Your congregation is a great fit for RHC 2017: The Church and Mental Health if:
  • Your congregation feels called to learn from and to walk faithfully with persons with mental illness in your congregation and in your larger community;
  • Your congregation  wants to explore and discover new models of ministry and develop a lasting relationship with another organization or church within your community;
  • You believe that God is at work healing and restoring the world in Jesus Christ, and want to participate in this healing work.
To learn more about the program and access the application, please see the program page. The deadline for applications is April 15th, 2017.
Notable Dates & Events
Upcoming TMC Seminars

Reimagining Health Collaborative Application
Deadline April 15, 2017

TMC Seminar
Friday, April 7th

Practice & Presence
May 19-21, 2017


TMC Certificate Showcase
Friday, April 21st
Click here to see all upcoming TMC Events.
Lamenting for our Patients

“As a Christian physician I am responsible to the Lord for being competent in my craft, but there will be many patients whom I cannot fix... A lament is an acknowledgement that my heart breaks upon hearing all of the pain and suffering that you have and will endure. A lament is laying our valid concerns and pain at the feet of the Lord of all, begging him for answers and to act."

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