All events will be held in the Brushaber Commons unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 11

7-9 p.m. Plenary 1 - Harold G. Koenig, M.D., M.H.Sc.
"Religion, Spirituality, and Health: Research, Clinical Application, and Communities Implications" – Learn about how results of recent research into the spiritual and theological dimensions of healthcare have implications for practitioners in both healthcare and communities of faith.
Benson Great Hall

Free admission.

Friday, October 12

7:45-8:15 a.m. | Registration and continental breakfast

8:15-8:30 a.m. | Welcome and overview

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Plenary 2 - Gary Ferngren, Ph.D.
"The Historical Commitment of the Christian Church to Care for Body and Soul" – Overview of the early church and its resolve to care for bodies as well as souls, both inside and outside the faith community. 

9:30-9:50 a.m. | Break

9:50-10:50 a.m. | Breakout sessions 1
Attend one of three different presentations

  • "Losing Memory, Finding Hope: Theology and Practice in Elder Care (with Focus on Alzheimer's/Dementia)" 

Kyle A. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lead Faculty for Christian Thought
Bethel Seminary

Daniel Harrell, Ph.D.
Senior Minister
Colonial Church, Edina, Minn.

Lisa Wells, B.A., COTA, CIRS-A
Options Counselor/Caregiver-Dementia Specialist
Aging and Disability Resource Center, Eau Claire County, Wis.

  • "Social Determinants of Health and Inequities of Access to Care"

Dave Muhovich, Ph.D., R.N., M.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Bethel University

Babette L. Jamison, M.P.A.
African/African American Health Coordinator
Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Minnesota Department of Health

Deu Yang, L.P.N.
Clinical Liaison
UCare Minnesota

Carol Hargate, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.N.P.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing
Bethel University

  • "Paths to Flourishing in the Midst of Suffering"

Beth Peterson, D.Min.
Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing
Bethel University

Andrea Tatley, M.Div.
Healthcare Chaplain
HealthPartners Community-based Palliative Care
Regions Hospital, St. Paul

10:50-11:10 a.m. | Break

11:10-12:10 p.m. | Breakout sessions 2 
Attend one of three different presentations

  • "Models for Christian Involvement in Healthcare: Church-based Models"

Joann P. Wessman, Ph.D., R.N.
Faith Community Nurse, Riverdale Church of Andover, Minn.
Professor Emerita, Bethel University

Alfred Babington-Johnson
President and CEO
The Stairstep Foundation

  • "Models for Christian Involvement in Healthcare: Health System Models"

Steve Calvin, M.D.
Medical Director
Minnesota Birth Center

Scott Hinrichs, D.Min.
Vice President of Spiritual Care and Mission
HealthEast Care System

  • "Ending Life Well: Starting the Advance Care Planning Conversation"

Helen Jackson Lockett-El
Honoring Choices Minnesota
Minnesota Council of Churches

Stefan Pomrenke, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Honoring Choices

Marjorie A. Schaffer, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing
Bethel University

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Lunch and plenary 3 - G. Scott Morris, M.D.
"Standing in the Gap" –  Discover inequities of access to healthcare and suggestions on how Christians can fill in the gap for those who suffer under the status quo.

A box lunch and beverage is included in the cost of registration for non-Bethel community members. Bethel students, staff, and faculty have the option to purchase a $10 lunch when registering.

1:45-2:45 p.m. | "What Next?"
Open discussion of practical next steps to implement both church-based and health system models for Christian involvement in healthcare.