Perkins, Houston Methodist Host Faith & Medicine Luncheon

Hundreds gather in Houston to focus on faith, medicine

By Katie Lipnick

 l-r: Dr. Marc Boom, Charles Millikan, Dr. Eugene Alford,
Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, and Dean William B. Lawrence

HOUSTON – The growing recognition of the connection between faith and medicine inspired Houston Methodist’s second annual luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the River Oaks Country Club.

More than 500 Houston Methodist and Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology supporters attended the Faith & Medicine event, chaired by Cathy and Mel Jodeit; Libbie and Greg Nelson; Houston Methodist President and CEO Marc L. Boom, MD, and his wife Julie Boom, MD; Houston Methodist Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration Charles R. Millikan, DMin, and his wife Laura; and Houston Methodist Research Institute President and CEO Mauro Ferrari, PhD, and his wife Paola.

Faith & Medicine explored the links between an individual’s beliefs and health care, addressed from the perspectives of medical and religious leaders. Speakers included Houston Methodist facial and plastic reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Eugene Alford, and Southern Methodist University’s Jaime Clark-Soles, PhD. Alford shared his personal testimony on how his faith helped him cope with the loss of his son and an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Rev. Dr. Clark-Soles addressed the relationship between suffering and hope, drawing on her expertise as a disability theory scholar.

The luncheon featured a musical performance of At the River and How Great Thou Art by Mark Diamond and Patrick Harvey, alumni of the Houston Grand Opera, and a poem reading by Rebekah Little, University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business honors student. Introductions were provided by Dr. C. Richard Stasney, founder of the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, and Dean William B. Lawrence, dean and professor at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology.

The event raised $54,010 for Houston Methodist’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education initiatives


Additional article (CultureMap Houston) with photos available here.