The Healers Council
The Institute for Religion and Health at Texas Medical Center
Bringing together medical scientists, theologians, anthropologists, bioethicists, and healers from a broad range of traditions, this society pursues the development of an ongoing dialogue in the field of medical care that recognizes the importance of spiritual and religious perspectives to health and healing. Core members meet monthly to review and discuss relevant materials in the field, develop student-mentor associations, and plan public events that invite “master healers” for presentations. In addition to a prominent role at Texas Medical Center, the Institute continues to build on alliances with nursing schools, Houston Baptist College, Episcopal Health Charities, and other area institutions. Public events invite practitioners, students of medicine and pastoral care, and members of the public to participate in dialogue on issues related to the spiritual and scientific foundations of healing. A newsletter will further promote and share the work of the Council. Additionally, the group actively seeks collaborative connections with other topically related groups in the LSI network. The Healers Council aims to further the integration of religion and spirituality in the healing process to support healthcare provider wellness programs; promote compassionate healthcare; and provide a nurturing environment for collaborative education and relevant research. The Institute for Religion and Health at Texas Medical Center provides matching funds.