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Practice & Presence: A Gathering For Christians in Health Care
Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24, 2022
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Modern medicine is characterized by treating the body as machine. This approach has generated remarkable technological capacities to fix broken bodies, but in doing so, Wendell Berry argues, it has advanced a false vision of creaturely health and come often to obstruct the healing that humans need. What is a truer vision of creaturely health? What is the healing that humans need, and how can Christian health care practitioners cooperate in that healing? Over two nights and days, participants will consider these questions in light of Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities, while joining in prayer, worship, and friendship with others called to participate in Christ’s healing ministry.

Over two days and two evenings on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, and other health care practitioners will gather:

  • To tune our eyes and hearts to see how God is present in our work in health care
  • To engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how our imaginations and our practices might be transformed
  • To grow in friendship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship
  • To rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for us and for our world.
Interested in leading a seminar during this year's
Practice & Presence Gathering?
Submit a Seminar Proposal by July 18, 2022
Inaugural Payne Lecture in Faith, Justice, and Health Care
This fall, TMC will celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Richard Payne with the Richard Payne Award and Lectureship in Faith, Justice, and Health Care.

November 3, 2022 @ 5:30pm
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School

Registration not required. Save the date!
Dr. Richard Payne, Esther Colliflower Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Divinity, was an internationally esteemed pioneer in pain relief, palliative care, oncology, and neurology. He joined the faculty at Duke Divinity School in 2004 as Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, the institute that predated and paved the way for the TMC Initiative. 
Learn more about Dr. Payne here.
The Richard Payne Award and Lectureship aims to highlight and honor academic, clinical, and lay leaders who in their work and research embody Dr. Payne’s spirit of caring for the whole person.
Dr. David R. Williams is the 2022 recipient of the Richard Payne Award and will offer the inaugural Payne Lecture in Faith, Justice, and Health Care at Duke Divinity School on November 3, 2022.

Dr. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.
TMC Offers a Fond Farewell
to Danielle Stulac
On June 30th, Danielle Stulac will complete her work as Program Director for the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. Danielle and her husband, Stu, and their two daughters, Abigail and Susannah, are leaving this summer for a land where they will be freed from worries about too much heat and humidity. This fall, Stu begins a new position as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Briercrest College in Caronport, Saskatchewan.
Since 2018, Danielle has offered steadfast, gracious, and thoughtful leadership to TMC. Danielle has been a wise guide to over fifty residential TMC Fellows during their recruitment, matriculation, course of study, and transition from student to alumnus. She has helped lead TMC through significant transitions, including the launch of our hybrid Certificate in Theology and Health Care amidst a global pandemic. Danielle’s gifts for both writing and editing have transformed TMC’s communications, including helping faculty develop and hone their public scholarship through both written and multimedia outputs. She has developed an aptitude (and, according to her, even an affinity!) for spreadsheets as she has provided financial management of our programs and grant-funded projects.
The TMC Team is going to miss Danielle immensely, including her discerning and prayerful spirit and her ability to speak a good and necessary word at just the right time. We wish her and her family much joy in the new season that is opening before them.
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