Enrollment Opens for Perper Faith-Health Symposium

“Depression, Trauma, Addiction: Demystifying Demons” is the theme of the sixth-annual William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium, hosted by Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on Friday, Oct. 27.

This day-long event (8:30 am until 3 pm) is for individuals and families dealing with depression, trauma or addiction, and for the caregivers who attend to them.  


The symposium will feature keynote addresses by experts in spiritual care, clinical pastoral education, psychology and medicine from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Paula Teague, D.Min., senior director, Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Rev. Christopher Brown, director, Clinical Pastoral Education and Community Chaplain, Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D., special advisor to the president and director, Healthy Community Partnership, Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Anita M. Wells, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, Morgan State University
  • Michael I. Fingerhood, M.D., associate professor of medicine and chief, Division of Chemical Dependence, Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Rev. Gregory L. Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving, Emblem Health

Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston will provide opening remarks, and Dr. Ryan Jackson, the William S. Perper Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at FAPC, will offer a musical performance.

There is no charge to attend the symposium, but registration is required. Register by Friday, Oct. 13, at hopkinsmedicine.org/jhbmc/hcp.

“Depression, trauma and addiction can have devastating effects on individuals and their families, often destroying relationships and careers, and even threatening life itself," Dr. Hale says. "We believe it is important faith communities, as well as other concerned individuals, gain a better understanding of how we can respond in compassionate and constructive ways to those affected by these painful and hurtful conditions.”

The symposium is co-sponsored by the William S. Perper Foundation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Healthy Community Partnership (a program of Johns Hopkins Bayview and Baltimore-area faith communities). William S. Perper was a long-time member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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