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Is Healthcare A Spiritual Discipline?

Listen to Dr. Daniel Sulmasy’s September 25, 2013 lecture at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Sulmasy, Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Chicago, engages the intersection of health, medicine, and the academic study of religion to provide an answer to the question, “Is Health Care a Spiritual Discipline?” Review by The Initiative […]

The Patient as Teacher: What Dr. Dan learned from Fred

Medicine is a genuine ministry. All one need to do is to read the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles to know that the ministry of Jesus and his early disciples was a ministry of preaching and healing. Similarly, St. Francis of Assisi and the early friars preached in city squares and cared for […]

Beauty for Ashes

Daisey Dowell, MD, a physician at Lawndale Christian Health Center shares her incredible testimony, highlighting the faithful presence of God leading her into medicine.

The Butterfly Circus

Joshua Weigel This short film tells the story of a limbless man who finds his true place in the world. As one character puts it,¬†“The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” Helpful for thinking about the dignity of all humans and for providing hope to those who need it. From Ed.

Mother Teresa Goes to Washington

Mother Teresa On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, “Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, […]

Time and Disability

” Time and disability are intimately connected, not only because disability challenges the idea of time but because certain key assumptions that comprise the category ‘disability’ are premised on mistaken and dangerous understandings of time. In these ways time has fallen and has become the oppressor of all who fail to meet the criteria for […]

Theology and Dementia

Presentation by John Swinton: ‘Theology and Dementia’ from the 2012 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability Conference, an interfaith perspective on topics related to developmental disabilities, discussed by international theologians, scholars and authors. A beautiful lecture which helps viewers to think about the nature of dementia and the identity of those suffering from it. “Our […]

Unexpected Intersections: Arts, Medicine, and Theology

Ray Barfield, a pediatric oncologist – philosopher, and Jeremy Begbie, a theologian, discuss the ways in which arts, medicine, and theology interact. From Ed. “One important part of changing medicine and changing some of the ¬†hardest things about the experience of illness, suffering, and dying, and the experience of being with people who are ill, […]

Brain Surgery with Words

Ray Barfield is a pediatric oncologist at Duke University interested in the intersection of medicine, philosophy and theology. Most recently his medical research has focused on immune therapies for childhood cancer and on improving of the quality of life for children with severe or fatal diseases. His work in philosophy focuses on ethics and the […]