This week I was fortunate to attend the first international conferenceof the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University in Durham, NC. The theme of the conference was “Spirituality, Health and Human Flourishing: Meaning? Measurement? Implications?”
The leaders of the research in this field were present. In addition to the keynote addresses and plenary sessions, there were approximately 60 poster presentations and 40 papers presented. If you’re interested in viewing the major presentations you can check back at their site as there will be videos available.
I was fortunate to present a poster titled “A Spiritual Fitness Assessment and 18 Spiritual Exercises.” It was a blessing to interact with many of the 250 attendees of the conference and to have dialog with those who viewed my poster.
Two leaders of the field were present, Harold Koenig, MD and Jeff Levin, PhD. Having the opportunity to speak with each of them was a treat. I’ve included a photo of me and Harold Koenig. Jeff Levin urged the participants to explore the concept of human flourishing.
I left the conference inspired to roll up my sleeves even further to better understand the spirituality/religion and health relationship and to share with others what I learn.