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While modern medicine has advanced in many areas, serious chronic illness is on the rise. For many, the gift of life continues amid affliction, including chronic pain, fatigue, and other forms of physical and mental distress.

Most Christians rightly seek healing through prayer and medical interventions. We pray and long for a bodily cure. But what happens when illness persists?


Christians today usually live within a narrow set of storylines about how God works in relation to illness. The chronically ill and their communities often assume God's calling -- to bear witness to God's love -- is paused while they are ill, that a life of discipleship can only resume once they are "healed."


Thankfully, Scripture and church history offer more compelling visions of God’s ongoing calling and work. We need these pathways, which have been forgotten or obscured, to revitalize the modern Christian imagination.


For this reason, the Girod Chair is launching the Faith and Illness Initiative (FII), a think-tank-like set of gatherings with a lofty goal:

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to discover a theology of vocation and virtue
for Christians living with chronic illness
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Each colloquy features 1-2 public events available in-person or virtually.

2024 details are coming soon!

Join a virtual reading group for Christians living with chronic illness and their caregivers. Reading groups meet 3 times (to be scheduled) before each colloquy. 

The 2024 book selection 

is coming soon!

Check out this list of resources, including book and article recommendations, scholarly works, and prayers and liturgies for use in worship.

Coming soon!

This small group of 12-14 people meets to read, discuss, and share life together for the duration of the 3-day colloquy. See the full Information Document.

Applications for pastors/chaplains are closed. Fill out the form below to hear when the 2025 application becomes available!

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Church Historian
Illness, Pain, and Healthcare in Early Christianity

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Family Physician and Writer

Litein, Kenya

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Author, Rejoicing in Lament and 
The End of the Christian Life