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Lake Junaluska Peace Conference: A Healthy World is a Peaceful World, March 27-30

Recent publicity and word of mouth about the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference has stimulated many inquiries and interest. Because of this, registration at the $95 level is being extended indefinitely. Faith, Health, and Peace: Seeking the Basic Right to Good Health for All God’s Children. The 2014 Peace Conference seeks to affirm the basic right to good health from the perspective of faith traditions, lift up “the leading causes of life,” and explore ways faith communities can combat the causes of poor health, such as disease, violence, and poverty.


Program Registration: $95  

Student Registration: $75 

Partial scholarships available online for full-time college and seminary students.

Space is limited; early registration is recommended.

Registration packages (includes registration, lodging,and meals) are available. Lodging reservations and event registration can be made at  or by calling 1-800-222-4930.

Workshops include:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and the Realization of the Global Right to Health for All (FRIDAY ONLY) Presenter: Dr. Christoph Benn

 How Can We Support Programs That Prevent Needless Maternal and Child Deaths? Presenter: Dr. Henry Perry, Founder of Curamericas Global

 Leading Causes of Life. Presenter: Larry Pray, Co-Author of the book, “Leading Causes of Life”

 Global Health Priorities of the United Methodist Church: A Reflection on Impact, Investment, Values and Health around the world. Presenter: Shannon Trilli, Director of Global Health for UMCOR

From Local Congregations to Global Health Through Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry. Presenter: Sharon Hinton, Nurse Consultant/UMCOR

Housing as Health: Older Adults and Where They Live (FRIDAY ONLY) Presented by MAHEC/Council on Aging of Buncombe County, NC. Presenters: Dr. Megan Dunay, MD, MPH, along with Dr. Annette Beyea DO, and Dr. Amanda Williams, MD.

A Community’s Effort to Help Persons In and Out of Prison find Wholeness and Wellness (FRIDAY ONLY) Presenter: Sheriff Greg Christopher, Haywood County, NC

The First 1,000 Days and Beyond: A Global Look at Fundamental Food and Nutrition Issues. Presenter: Lauren Wood, Program & Research Coordinator, Global Food & Nutrition, Inc.

Congregational Health Network (Memphis Model). How Congregations and Methodist LeBonhuer Hospital Have Worked Together to Improve the Health of the Community. Presenter: Rev. Bobby Baker

Kabbalah: A Path of Mindful Mysticism for Healing and Repairing the World. Presenters: Rabbi Sigal Brier, Rabbi of Kesher Shalom Congregation, Abingdon, PA

Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Hakim Mirza Ilyas al-Kashani, from American Muslim Health Professionals

Integrative Medicine (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Feldman, Center for Integrative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Christian Science: Healing as Christ Jesus Healed. Christ Jesus “cured” every kind of physical problem we face today without drugs or surgery. He taught that anyone who followed his teaching could heal as he did and do greater works. Understanding the mental nature of all suffering and the Science or Laws of God which governs health enables each one of us to discover that health is our natural God-given state of being. Presenter: Christine Driessen, Christian Science Board of Lectureship

Gun Violence. Presenter: Bill Mefford, Director of Human and Civil Rights, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Cherokee Spirituality and Healing Practices (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Freeman Owle, Cherokee, NC

Leadership includes:

Joshua Dubois, former Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during President Obama’s first term   

Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations and Partnerships Cluster for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva Switzerland

Dr. Gary Gunderson, Vice-President of Faith and Health Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. James Cochrane, Professor in the Dept. of Religious Studies and Senior Research Associate in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Henry Perry, Founder of Andean Rural Health Care, and Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Presiding Bishop of the Raleigh Area of The United Methodist Church.  

The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation.  Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace.


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