Heal the Sick: A Wesley Theological Seminary Initiative to Promote Congregational Health

Jun 26

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:36 AM  RssIcon

When Jesus sent his disciples into the world, their primary mission was to heal the sick, just as many of his own miracles focused on healing. Wesley Theological Seminary seeks to promote health and heal the sick by developing a pilot program of parish-based health care in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia region. The seminary will accomplish this goal by equipping ministry leaders to support the development of health ministries within congregations, and by partnering with local health care providers in order to reduce health disparities.

These healing ministries are conceived holistically, and will include attention to the health of the body, mind and soul, which are inseparable. We believe that congregations are called to such vital, missional ministries, including care and support not only for the well-being of congregation members, but care for one’s neighbors as well. Wesley will provide ministry leaders with the tools necessary to support health ministry collaboration among congregations and with health care providers. Through these collaborations, Wesley hopes to aid in the reduction of health disparities, especially among those in greatest need. 

To launch this event, Wesley Theological Seminary, the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Providence Hospital will co-sponsor an educational forum focused on the state of health disparities in Washington, D.C. Key presentations will be made by the D.C. State Epidemiologist, Dr. John Davies-Cole; Dr. Fahad Tahir, Vice President of Providence Hospital; and Wesley faculty member Rev. Dr. Fred Smith. The event will be held July 18th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Wesley’s Mt. Vernon Square location at 908 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.  If you would like additional information or would like to register for this free event, please email urbanministry@wesleyseminary.edu.

If you have a health ministry at your church and/or would like to start one, or you would like to find out more about this initiative, please contact urbanministry@wesleyseminary.edu.

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