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Lutheran HealthCare will host its fourth annual Health and Spirituality Lecture, October 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lutheran Medical Center’s main campus, 150 55th Street.

Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, MD, Ph.D., will present this year’s lecture, “Restoring Soul to Health Care.” The annual event hosted by Lutheran HealthCare, a nationally recognized leader in religiously informed cultural competence, explores the relationships between spirituality, health and healing.

“Lutheran is fully committed to serving the whole person; mind, body and spirit,” said Reverend Don Stiger, senior vice president for Mission and Spiritual Care. “This means understanding and actualizing the vital interconnections of health and spirituality, providing pastoral care and education, promoting religiously informed cultural competency and growing faith/health partnerships with community congregations of all types.”

Lutheran HealthCare’s cultural competence program was designed with an understanding of how knowledge of cultural differences contributes to better health care. Facilities now include prayer rooms, chapels, mosques, multilingual staff and directional signage. The medical center offers one of the area’s first dedicated Chinese health care units and a wide variety of menu options.

In its faith-based mission, Lutheran HealthCare serves a one-of-a-kind community of diverse faith groups throughout southwest Brooklyn. The Mission and Spiritual Care Office of LHC is responsible for the social ministry relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), mission effectiveness, pastoral/spiritual care, and relationships with congregations and faith based organizations.

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