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Saint Louis University and Aquinas Institute will bring together theologians, physicians, psychiatrists and others on Saturday, March 4 for a daylong conversation on the meanings, controversies and possible uses for spiritual healing.

“Interest in spiritual healing has become a major cultural phenomenon in America,” said Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D., a professor in the American Studies Department at SLU and a moderator for the conference. “Alongside unprecedented medical achievements, more and more Catholics, Protestants, and empirical researchers have begun asking whether spirituality can improve health.”

Keynote speakers are Francis MacNutt, Ph.D., and Judith MacNutt, directors of the ecumenical Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Fla.; John T. Chibnall, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at SLU; and Randy Clark, director of Global Awakening, a non-denominational, Christian missions organization in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Sessions will include talks on the possibilities in praying for physical healing, a psychotherapist’s discovery of the need for emotional healing, research and clinical evidence related to religion and spirituality in health and medicine, and the theology, history and experience of healing prayer.

The conference is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. March 4 in Rooms 170-173 at Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University. The event is free but registration is required. Register by email at spiritualhealing@slu.edu or by phone at 314.977.2911. Include your full name, address, phone number and email address. For additional information about speakers or the schedule of events, go to www.slu.edu/conferences/healing.

The Spiritual Healing Conference is sponsored by the Saint Louis University departments of American Studies, Theological Studies, School of Medicine, and Aquinas Institute of Theology.

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