Baylor Medical Humanities Retreat: “What In God's Name Can We Do?"

Medical humanities retreat
Feb. 11, 2015

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Terry Goodrich

WACO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2015) – What happens when a group of humanities students retreat?

They advance towards the big issues.

The 16th annual Baylor Medical Humanities Retreat will take place from 5 p.m. Feb. 13 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Lisa Baker, Ph.D., clinical professor in the honors program, will be the keynote speaker, presenting her topic "The Least of These: What In God's Name Can We Do?"

“The retreat is a great chance to get away and be still and think and talk with your friends about the big issues,” Baker said.

In her presentation based on Matthew 20:1-16, Baker will draw on her experience as a pediatrician who is passionate about global health, including her long-term relationship with nonprofit Straw to Bread, which promotes public health programs in Kenya.

“I will talk about ‘The Least of These’ in two parts, the first part being the upside down life that we’re called to live – what it looks like and why that’s so difficult. From there we’ll talk about what that looks like when you’re doing medical missions and helping poor people. The gist of it is that it’s really difficult not to succumb to our culture and do all things to an American business model,” Baker said.

Along with meals, worship, and music, the retreat will include a series of speakers. Field professionals and Baylor alumni in medical school will present in various sessions and panels. Students will be encouraged to take part in discussions, break-out groups and experiments.

“This retreat is the heart and soul of the medical humanities program at Baylor University. It is an opportunity for students to connect outside of the classroom with likeminded peers, current medical students and dedicated medical professionals. Here we are able to explore the practice of medicine as a sacred calling,” according to the medical humanities department website.

Registration is $15 online; T-shirt is included.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary is at 1100 S. Third St. in Waco.

To register, click HERE, or call 254-710-2065.

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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