Bearing Winter : In Praise of All Who Love Books

To step away from the endless grey of mid-winter, let me introduce you to this little friend glimpsed reading last summer in a deep afternoon light:
And lest you wonder what it is that keeps him so fascinated with his reading:
Still curious to see what he is actually wrestling with in the text itself? scroll down:
And yes, he’s been reading that page for something around fifty years by now…


Posted in Booknote, Reflection

Ebola: CDC Museum Exhibit considers Religious Responses

Learn more here:
Watch this interview with the curator on the faith-based response.

(thanks to Professor Ellen Idler for alerting PHRS colleagues of this new exhibit)



Posted in Educational resource, Online Lecture, Web resource

Pain by Art Scale: Updated

First posted here in 2018, a 2020 LINK UPDATE:

Learn more about the use of art in medicine:
“What Doctors can Learn from Looking at Art” (Dhruv Khullar, New York Times 2016)
Ars Practica: Observation in Practice (a teaching model)

Posted in Overheard, Photo essay, Web resource

Masks and Quarantine: The Voice of the Poor

What does “disease containment” mean for those who are poor, need to go to work, and live in the isolation of house quarantine without a mask? A letter published in this week’s Lancet offers a glimpse.









Image Source: L0010245 Photograph: plague mask of oil-cloth with bronze beak. 18th century. Photograph. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images,,; Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0.


Posted in Overheard

Global Catholic Health Care: Conference April 17-19, 2020

Learn More (free registration)

Posted in Conference, Educational resource, Upcoming Event, Web resource

Religion, Spirituality, Health (Durham UK): spring seminars

If you are in the UK, keep in mind this semester’s research seminars (listed below) sponsored by the Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health at the University of Durham. Seminar discussions are at the postgraduate level, and are open to the general public. For more information or to subscribe to the mailing list, please contact Charidimos (Harry) Koutris.

Thursday 13 February 2020 (4.30-6pm)
The Role of the Body in Religion
Seminar Room B (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & ReligionAbbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Dr Fraser Watts, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, University of Lincoln

Thursday 12 March 2020 (4.30-6pm)
Drawing on a theology of individual differences to explore resilience and wellbeing among Christian clergy: An empirical enquiry
Seminar Room B (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & ReligionAbbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Revd Canon Prof. Leslie J. Francis, PhD, ScD, DLitt, DD; Professor of Religions and Psychology, University of Warwick; Canon Theologian, Liverpool Cathedral

Thursday 30 April 2020 (4.30-6pm)
‘Human kind cannot bear very much reality’: the relationship between John Ruskin’s aesthetic theory, spirituality, and mental health
Seminar Room B (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & ReligionAbbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt, Karl Jaspers Lecturer, Psychology and Spirituality, Ripon College Cuddesdon; supernumerary fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Download the seminars’ programme in various formats (doc, RSS, iCal):

View the programme with the links and keep yourself updated with the latest news and events of the Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health by visiting the website at:

If you wish to attend the seminars, please email, in order to ensure that there will be a seat for you. 
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An Apple a Day? – Diet and Regimen in Ancient Jewish and Related Traditions (CFP)

The Program on Medicine in Bible and Talmud, of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) invites interested scholars to submit proposals for papers at this summer’s meeting in Wuppertal (Germany), in a session focusing on “An Apple a Day? Diet and Regimen in Ancient Jewish and Related Traditions.” Deadline for proposals is February 20, 2020. More information here.

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