Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News
I just got word that The North Carolina Council of Churches – a faith-based justice advocacy group in Raleigh — is hosting a first in the state.
The Faith and Health Summit is March 23 in Raleigh to bring health care providers and faith leaders together to work toward health care reform or just to understand each other a little better.
You know, that whole conflict between religion and science? This summit also addresses those big questions in an effort to make North Carolina congregations healthier.
Governor Beverly Perdue is the main speaker at the Summit’s luncheon, and the Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson of Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, TN will give the keynote address. Churches can check out a series of workshops on mental health, church-sponsored community gardens, health disparities, faith-based emergency preparedness and congregational health.
Some of that is similar to Wilmington’s effort recently to get more churches involved in environmental and sustainability issues.
So if you want to go: Any one is welcome – clergy, congregants, public health professionals, students, lawmakers, and members of the general public – are encouraged to attend.