More gift ideas for the toughies…

If you have a tough person to buy for this Christmas season, consider a gift to Siloam in their honor.  Here are a few options…

Bus Passes

Siloam is a short walking distance from the bus line. The gift of a $10 Metro bus pass will help our patients who struggle with transportation to make their clinic appointments.

Community Health Outreach

Siloam is committed to equipping and training “lay health workers” within our patients’ diverse ethnic communities to foster healing and wholeness among their own people groups. They are the experts on their rich cultural histories and traditions, and they know best how to reach their own people. Siloam provides health education, resources and encouragement to these lay health workers – and they in turn provide the same to their communities.

Your $250 gift can help cover the cost of transportation, educational materials and resources for lay health workers.

Check out more options at our website: www.SiloamHealth.org/gifts.

Struggling to find just the right gift…

If you have a tough person to buy for this Christmas season, consider a gift to Siloam in their honor.  Here are a few options…

Gift Cards

Many of Siloam’s patients struggle to put healthy food on the table for their families.

A $10 gift card can make all the difference in a patient’s ability to buy nutritious food. Gift cards can also be used to purchase someone’s medications at a nearby pharmacy.

Refugee Hygiene Welcome Bags

Siloam sees more than 90 refugees each month for their required health screenings upon arrival to the U.S. We welcome each family or individual with a personalized bag filled with items like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner which are not covered by food stamps. These items will help make their transition to their new life a lot healthier.

Your gift of $75 can help provide hygiene products for up to 20 newly arrived refugees.

Check out more options at our website: www.SiloamHealth.org/gifts.

 

 

 

Joseph Pearce: Healing through a Fairy-tale

Those who work in healthcare are no strangers to the struggles their patients face in the areas of suffering and addiction. As ones whose work is to heal, we are brushing against the hurt underlying the physical symptoms we diagnose, but how do we navigate the messy waters of another person’s suffering and their methods of coping?

It was G.K. Chesterton who once wrote, “The more truly we can see life as a fairy-tale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland.” Through the lens of a story, we are often provided an understanding to our own human psychology that provides unprecedented value to our approach to healing.

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Joseph Pearce, writer of the recent book, “Bilbo’s Pilgrimage” and Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture, will be speaking on the connection between Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series and its way of imaginatively reflecting on reality in a lecture titled, “Suffering, Addiction and Healing in The Lord of the Rings.” This lecture, presented by St. Thomas Health, will be held on October 21st at Saint Cecilia Academy on the Dominican Campus.

If you live in the Nashville area, we encourage you to consider attending Joseph Pearce’s lecture and to be inspired to see the struggles & addictions that you and your patients face in a whole new light.

Please view this flyer for more information about the event and the availability of CME.

Contact mdreger@sth.org for more information and to RSVP.

Upcoming Event – Grace Prescriptions

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As a Christian medical professional, treading the waters where faith and medicine intersect can seem murky with the feeling of being ill-equipped to approach the topic of faith with patients.  Yet it is this patient–provider relationship that provides such rich ground to plant seeds of spiritual hope in patients as they face their hours of deepest hurt and fear.

On the weekend of February 6-7th, Siloam will host Grace Prescriptions – a conference designed specifically for Christian medical practitioners to become equipped to integrate their faith with their practice.  Formerly known as “The Saline Solution,” Grace Prescriptions is a training paradigm pioneered by the Christian Medical and Dental Association.  Written by Bill Peel and Dr. Walt Larimore, the curriculum is designed to explore the topic of spirituality in healthcare and equip those of us in the medical profession to integrate faith into our practice.

We invite you to come and be a part of this weekend of gathering with other Christian healthcare practitioners and their teams from around the Nashville region.  For more information, please visit our Events page as we announce further updates.

Registration opens October 6th.

Medicine: Art or Science?

At our Spring 2014 Fundraising event, Siloam Family Health Center had the pleasure of featuring Wendell Berry speak on “The Health of a Community.”

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As a Kentucky farmer, poet, essayist, and novelist, Wendell Berry may seem like an unlikely voice to speak into the matters of health and the work of medicine, but when one leans in to hear him speak, there’s an uncanny sense of insight that unveils the shadows of our modernity and brings truths to light.  His perception introduces a new way of thinking about health, where the body is more than a sum of its parts, like a machine, where the work of medicine is something much more meaningful than the tinkering of that  “machine.”

His essay, “Health is Membership,” explores this idea even more as Wendell Berry wrestles between the art and science of healing.

“I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world.  I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.  I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement with God.”

With this thought that “health is wholeness,” Wendell proposes the notion that the work of medicine comes from love and can no longer fit within the confines of standardized practice alone—that seeking efficiency within medicine is a deficit when it allies with the paradigm of human health as a science alone, that the work of medicine should come from a place of love if it’s goal is healing in the truest sense of the word.

Delivered as a speech at a conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October 17, 1994, we invite you to read the full essay here.

Food and Faith: A Matter of Health and Wholeness

Join us on Saturday morning, May 3 at St. George’s as Professor Norman Wirzba presents “Food and Faith: A Matter of Health and Wholeness” with commentary from award-winning novelist Wendell Berry and Professor Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School.

The event will be hosted at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Doors will open at 8:15am and the morning’s session starts 8:30am ending at 11:30am. Food and Faith is free and open to the public.

Co-Hosted by Christ Church Cathedral; St. George’s Episcopal Church; and, the Siloam Institute of Faith, Health and Culture.

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Click here to learn about keynote speaker Norman Wirzba.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read about Ellen Davis’ work featured in Religion News Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read more about Wendell Berry.

 

 

 

Courageous Conversations with Sister Mary Diana Dreger, MD

If you are in Nashville this Saturday, consider participating in this the C3 conference focus on medicine.

Saturday, March 8 – Only $25

9:00am Keynote Presentation, Sr. Mary Diana Dreger

10:00am Courageous Conversations: Your choice!

1. How Shall We Reach Them? Health Care Access for the Poor and Immigrants.

Facilitated by Dr. Morgan Wills and Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, MD

2. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Ethics and Urgencies of Invitro-Fertilization.

Facilitated by Dr. D. Joy Riley

3. Christ the Physician: The Physician/Nurse-Patient Relationship and Patient-Centered Care.

Facilitated by Dr. John Leonard and Dr. Wes Ely

 

10:50am Courageous Conversations: Your choice!

1. When Helping Hurts: Can We Do Global Health Wisely?

Facilitated by Dr. Doug Heimberger

2. Living v. Flourishing: Medicine and the Whole Person

Facilitated by Dr. Morgan Wills and Dr. Wes Ely

3. I Will Rise Again: Seeking Abundant Life in the Face of Death

Facilitated by Dr. John Shuster and Dr. D. Joy Riley

Click here for more information.