Faith & Medicine

Houston Methodist supporters gathered at River Oaks Country Club to explore the link between an individual’s spiritual beliefs and physical health at Faith & Medicine on Wednesday, November 30. Proceeds from the luncheon benefited Houston Methodist’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, training the future leaders in spiritual care.


More than 300 Houston Methodist supporters gathered for Faith & Medicine hosted by honorary chair and former first lady, Barbara Bush, chair Libbie Nelson, Emily Crosswell, Connie Dyer, Joyce Haufrect, Cathy Jodeit, Laura Millikan, Wendy Moreland, Paula Walter, Elizabeth Blanton Wareing and Kay Werlein. Faith & Medicine explored the growing recognition of the connection between beliefs and healing, addressed from the perspectives of medical and religious leaders.


Spencer Tillman, Super Bowl XXIV Champion and the event’s master of ceremonies introduced Dr. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, a private practice psychiatrist and professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, who addressed how the interaction between a person’s spiritual beliefs and psychology and physical health correlated to how well they healed. Rev. Ken Werlein, Founder of Faithbridge Church, followed by sharing his personal story about his time at Houston Methodist and how he believes his spirituality helped him to heal. The luncheon featured a musical performances by Rob Landis and the Houston Children’s Chorus.


The Houston Methodist Clinical Pastoral Education program is an interfaith education program that has helped train more than 500 residents and interns during its 45-year history. It is a unique opportunity for trainees to experience a full range of education opportunities in clinical care, theology, psychology, self-awareness and compassion.