Program on Medicine and Religion

Conference on Medicine and Religion

The Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion is a leading independent forum for discourse and scholarship at the intersection of medicine and religion. It exists to enable health professionals and scholars to gain a deeper and more practical understanding of how religion relates to the practice of medicine, with particular attention to the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The forum is intended in a spirit that builds bridges between theory and practice, science and theology, the academy and lay communities, the various health professions, and the Abrahamic religious traditions.

Each year, the conference is organized by an Advisory Board and a Planning Committee of scholars and clinicians who work at the intersection of medicine and religion. Each conference features both keynote speakers and peer-reviewed paper sessions and posters. The 2016 Conference will be held in Houston, TX, on March 4-6, on the theme “Approaching the Sacred: Science, Health, and Practices of Care.” More information can be found at

The initial three conferences in 2012-2014 were sponsored by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, and supported in part by a John Templeton Foundation grant. The conference series is now co-sponsored by a consortium of institutions whose missions include a commitment to faithful practices of medicine and/or to scholarly discourse regarding the intersections of medicine and religion.

The consortium of sponsoring institutions include:

Learn more at the conference’s dedicated website: