Faith & Healing Speaker Series

Mercy College of Health Sciences will host four speakers during the 2017-18 academic year as part of the third year of the Faith & Healing Speaker Series, an award-winning educational program designed to address these important topics, promote discussion with members of the healthcare, health policy and wellness communities in Iowa, and instill a love for learning.

The Series will encompass the topics of faith, healing, and wellness from different perspectives while highlighting Catholic theology and practice. Despite strong evidence that religious faith, regardless of faith tradition, often informs clinicians’ practices and that many patients’ experiences of illness are mediated by faith, the relationship between faith and healing is understudied. Organizers hope that the dialogue produced by this series helps to fill this gap about the critical issues related to these topics.

The Series -- which was recognized in May 2015 by the Iowa Healthcare Educators, a membership group of the Iowa Hospital Association with the IHE Institutional Award -- is intended to address one of the College’s core values: knowledge; which has been defined as “instilling in our College Community a thirst to continually study, investigate, observe, and experience the world all-around for facts and ideas that can improve the health and well-being of humankind and create a love for learning.”

The first speaker will be Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor, Chair of the Philosophy and Theology Department, and Program Director of the Master of Arts in Theology at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose topic will be “Alter-egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Sullivan Center on the campus of Mercy College, 928 6th Avenue.

The remaining speakers in the series include Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, Chief Education Officer for Denver Health, Associate Professor at University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry, and author of The Finest Traditions of My Calling., whose topic will be “The Basil Option: From Healthcare Reform 
to the Renewal of Medicine” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.

On February 8, 2018,  Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, will speak at 6 p.m. on the topic of “Pope Francis’ Vision: Building a World Community of Peace, Truth and Justice.”

The final speaker for the program year will be Dr. William English, Assistant Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy for the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, who will speak on April 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. on the topic “The Moral Problems of Modern Medicine.”

The Mercy College Faith & Healing Speaker Series lectures and group discussions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served prior to the start of each session. Advanced registration is requested and can be completed by using the button to the right.