Author Yancey to keynote Clergy Conference


Special to the Advocate
Best-selling author and Christianity Today editor Philip Yancey will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the seventh annual Clergy Conference in Memphis.

The free conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Hope & Healing in Memphis. The theme this year is Faith & Health: Making the Connection.

In addition, Yancey will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. John's United Methodist Church at 1207 Peabody Ave. in Memphis.

Both events are sponsored by Methodist Healthcare, St. John's United Methodist Church, Memphis Theological Seminary and the Church Health Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“We're honored to have Philip Yancey as a part of our Faith & Health series," said Church Health Center's Executive Director Dr. Scott Morris. "I know his ideas will challenge us to grow in faith and rededicate ourselves to our mission."

Yancey has twice received the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Christian Book of the Year Award and is one of the world's best-selling evangelical Christian authors.

Yancey, author of such books as What's So Amazing About Grace?, Where Is God When It Hurts? and The Jesus I Never Knew, said he "feels called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith," adding that many of his readers "...have been burned by the church or they're very upset about certain aspects of Christianity."

Yancey works as a columnist and editor-at-large for Christianity Today and has also written articles for Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Publishers Weekly and Chicago Tribune Magazine, among others.

Although free, the conference does require registration, which is limited to 300 participants. To register or for information, visit

A variety of workshops are available for participants. Those workshops and their leaders:

• Community Trauma and Faith-filled Response — Mona Zaghrout, head of counseling and supervision, East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program, and Bishop William Young, The Healing Center, Memphis.

• Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence — The Rev. Brenda Ruiz, director, Institute for Gender Studies at Polytechnic University, Managua, Nicaragua

• Introducing The Emotional Fitness Center — The Rev. Diane Young, The Healing Center, Memphis

• Faith 2.0: Making the Connection on the Web — Rachel Thompson, managing editor of and Alison Tucker, marketing and administrative coordinator of

• God’s Garden: How Natural Nutrients Boost Brain Power and Mood — Jessica Leu, registered dietician for Church Health Center, and Carolyn Sutton, nutrition coordinator for Church Health Center.

• Connecting Community Resources and Faith Health Assets — Sheridan Smotherman, supervisor, Congregational Health Ministries for Church Health Center and Dr. Teresa Cutts, program director of research and praxis at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Center of Excellence in Faith and Health

• Most Folks See Them as Just Plain Crazy: Mental Illness on the Streets — Dr. Pete Gathje, associate professor of Christian Ethics, Memphis Theological Seminary