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Pastoral Care Week Lecture: Understanding the Relationship between Spiritual Healing and Healthcare

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 25, 2004 –Moravian Theological Seminary will hold a lecture and discussion group titled “The Prophetic Challenge to Health Care” as part of the Pastoral Care Week Lectures on Friday, October 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Saal at the Bahnson Center of the Moravian Theological Seminary. The session will explore the relationship between pastoral care and basic health care.

The session will focus on the challenges that spiritual leaders face in regard to health care. The keynote speaker, Rev. Nancy Adams, will discuss the priorities, decisions, and strategies for incorporating traditional roles of pastoral care into the new roles of health care provider, and spiritual and physical well-being. The lecture will define the pastoral community as a community of healing and wholeness, rather than a care-giving institution.

Dr. Adams will discuss also the Dalai Lama’s ideas of respect for self, respect for others, and the responsibility for one’s actions as a helpful strategy.

A panel composed of pastoral care members and medical and academic communities will talk with the group about new modalities. Several case studies will be presented for discussion by Dr. Adams, the panel, and all participants at the conclusion of the session.

Reverend Nancy Adams is the staff chaplain for the Department of Pastoral Care at St. Luke’s Hospital. She is a minister of the United Church of Christ and works with patients needing intensive care. She also ministers to vent-dependent patients and patients and families who are living with AIDS.

The program fee for this session is $55. Participants will receive 4 contact hours or .4 CEU’s. For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Theological Seminary at (610) 861-1519.