Past ISH Events and Programs

ISH Non-Profit SummitWe invite non-profits in the realm of spirituality and health to attend this networking event, featuring a keynote by Dr. Lisa Miller. If you think your organization would benefit from attending, please contact Stuart Nelson –

 May 29

8:30am – 12:00pm

 Lisa MillerThe Spiritual Child with Dr. Lisa MillerIn her new book, The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality. This lecture is sure to inspire.

May 29

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Medicine & Religion Dialogue – CubaSIGN UP NOW FOR GREAT CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, & MEDICAL VISITS in the historic city of Havana! This trip is the result of planning that took place at the first exchange in Cuba on faith & science in early January 2015

July8th – 15th
Bioethics CourseThis major conference, sponsored by Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is for anyone involved with or interested in the resolution of potentially complex ethical challenges. May

11th – 15th

ISH Open HouseVisit our facility, meet with staff, and hear about ISH’s 60-year history in a social and festive atmosphere. May 46:00pm – 8:00pm
Restoring the Life in Our Lives

Our lives are naturally a series of hills and valleys. Though the hills provide joy and celebration, the valleys can be trying times that drain us of life, leaving us feeling over-worked, under-appreciated and burned out. In times like these, there is a small thing we can do for ourselves that restores and enriches our lives – the Examen

April 287:00pm – 9:00pm
The Struggle to Be FaithfulBishop Kee Sloan, the Diocesan Bishop of Alabama (Episcopal) will speak on the evening of Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., at ISH. The title of his talk is: “The Struggle to be Faithful.” Bishop Sloan is author of the novel, Jabbok (Peak Road Press, 2014).  His talk will be most appropriate as we approach Holy Week. March 266:00pm – 7:15pm
Heart of HoustonHeart of HoUSton: Servant Leadership 2015 and BeyondThis conference explores ways in which we can create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. We will cover six impactful sectors within Houston: non-profits, business, community, education, religion and healthcare. April 188:30am – 1:00pm
MeaningReligion, Mental Health, and the Search for MeaningThis series of conferences explores the relationship of religion and the universal search for meaning to the practice of psychotherapy. They are offered free of charge as a public service to participants, and they provide clinicians with valuable continuing education credit. In this installment, we intend to focus on the ways clinicians can address chronic issues of burnout and compassion fatigue by understanding psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. April 249:00am – 4:30pm
Linn_MattRestoring the Life in Our LivesOur lives are naturally a series of hills and valleys. Though the hills provide joy and celebration, the valleys can be trying times that drain us of life, leaving us feeling over-worked, under-appreciated and burned out. In times like these, there is a small thing we can do for ourselves that restores and enriches our lives – the Examen April 287:00pm – 9:00pm
photo4th Annual Conference for Medicine and ReligionISH is a sponsor of the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion to be held this year at Harvard U., in Cambridge, MA.   This conference is a leading 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. March6th – 8th
Yoga LogoMeditation 101 for Mental Health ProfessionalsWhen we meditate three things happen: the mind quiets; as the mind quiets, concentration deepens; and as concentration deepens we hear clearly the message of our heart. Meditation, therefore, becomes a practice of listening. Feb 218:00am – 12:00pm
CandleGrief as a Spiritual JourneyIntended for both grievers and therapists, this program will attempt to bridge grief recovery and spiritual formation through a series of talks and experiential activities, and a continuing grief support group. Feb 266:00pm –
9:00 pm

FranklFranklian Psychology: Introduction to Logotherapy

Learn about Viktor Frankl’s theory and existential approach to the fundamental motivating factor in human existence, the search for meaning. The course is appropriate for all interested in Frankl’s work or interested in increasing themeaning in thier lives or occupaitons.



photoCollective Soul SymposiumThis advanced course will provide a better understanding of the palliative care team’s role in relieving biopsychosocial and spiritual suffering. January30th – 31st  
CandleLighting the Way: Illuminating Dementia CareJoin us for this unique and powerful conference that will take an interdisciplinary approach to dementia care. The conference features renowned speakers, Teepa Snow, Maryl Comer, Tam Cummings, PhD, and many others, and will include seperate tracks for clergy, professionals, and family caregivers. Jan 138:00am – 4:30pm
photoSilent Nights: Grief, Stress, and Coping During the Holidays
Silent Nights: Grief, Stress, and Coping During the HolidaysAre you looking forward to the holidays? Are you also aware of anxiety and grief, as you buy gifts and organize get-togethers, or remember loved ones who are no longer with you?
5:30pm – 7:00pm
photoPsychotherapy and Faith Conference
Every year ISH brings together internationally acclaimed scholars together to our largest event: The Psychotherapy and Faith Conference.
photo2014 Gathering of Friends
Please join us for our second annual “Gathering of Friends” luncheon benefiting the Institute for Spirituality and Health. This event will feature speakers Captain Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords.
November 20th
11:00 AM
photo Annual Nursing Conference
The Annual Nursing Conference is now in its 22nd year. Each year we host speakers who address topics related to spirituality and patient care.
October 17th
Betty CircleReaching for the Fruits of Compassion: Stories and Strategies
Please join us as a 4th year medical student, a cancer physician of palliative care, and a minister and compassion educator share their perspectives and strategies on keeping a compassionate heart, in healthcare and in greater society.
October 7th5:30 PM
7:00 PM
flowersLiving Truth: The Path of Light
Please join our distinguished speakers as they conduct an interfaith dialogue on zen and christian contemplation with emphasis on possible collaboration and integration.
September 16th
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
ShellALL IS WELL (except when i’m anxious!)
Stressed? Need to get away? Laugh and learn. Relax and renew. Treat yourself and bring a friend! Experiential talks, massage, spiritual exercises, and exhibits. Mini-retreat in collaboration with Center for Faith and Health Initiatives.
July 19th
9:00 AM
2:45 PM
photoHappiness, Health, and Transformation
Johnny Whitright, who went to India in 1995 on a one-way ticket, will facilitate an hour and a half of discussion, simple techniques and pertinent stories focused on bringing more happiness and health into life. Feeling better in our selves is the gateway to transformation.
July 29th
11:30 AM
1:00 PM


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