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Westberg Symposium for Faith Community Nursing

In These Times: Serving Through Adversity

April 8-10, 2019

First Baptist Broad Church

Memphis, TN

Regular Westberg Symposium registration closes March 22, 2019, at 11:30 CST! Claim your spot today!

Welcome to the 2019 Westberg Symposium!

We invite you to attend the 2019 Westberg Symposium April 8–10, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, the Westberg Symposium has become the premier gathering and networking event for faith community nurses from across the globe. Participants develop supportive connections and gain new ideas and skills as distinguished speakers share techniques and experiences for the benefit of the professional practice. Recent natural and human-caused disasters and events across the US and globally present new challenges in traumatic events, creating community unrest in their wake. To be successful in helping communities face such devastation, FCNs need to be innovative leaders and strategic beacons of hope.  The symposium is the ideal place for FCNs, along with others, to share their experiences, latest approaches, and best practices to plan, prepare, and respond to community and individuals. The symposium includes subject matter that helps FCNs address challenges in communities. Examples of subjects include the impact of FCNs providing transitional care during crisis, persevering in the practice during adversity, and unique ways FCNs can serve in the wake of tragedy. Attendees can register for training sessions offered before the symposium, hear distinguished speakers for keynotes—including best-selling author Philip Yancey—and participate in peer-led meetings like the coordinators breakfast, educators training, and the World Forum gathering of international FCNs. A wide variety of opportunities will happen at the symposium in 2019, so you will have a lot to look forward to learning and growing!

Regular Westberg Symposium registration closes March 22, 2019! Claim your spot today!

Conference Schedule

Browse the conference schedule here. 


In These Times: Serving Through Adversity

Program Objectives

  • Provide whole-person care for others facing a multi-faceted variety of crisis or potential crisis situations.
  • Respond to the wide variety of adverse challenges that may occur in FCN practice settings.
  • Develop options for assisting others through adversity in the current world environment.

Program Outcome

Participants will gain knowledge that explores and promotes the ever-expanding specialty practice of faith community nursing, focusing on various forms of adversity that may lead to crisis including physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, financial or social adversity.

Conflicts of Interest

The planners and speakers have declared no conflict of interest.

Non-Endorsement of Products

Approval for this symposium refers only to the continuing nursing education activity. There is no implied or real endorsement of any product, service, or company referred to during the symposium or of any organization subsidizing costs related to the symposium.

Continuing Education Hours

The Westberg Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider #018071520. Number of contact hours will vary based on number of sessions attended. For questions related to continuing nursing education, please contact the Westberg Institute Provider Unit Administrator, Dr. Sharon Hinton at or 901-701-2256.

Photography/ Recordings

Attendance at this event serves as permission for the Westberg Institute and Church Health staff and volunteers to photograph or record (video and audio) activities and participants for use on social media, websites, marketing materials, and other avenues without notification or additional permissions from attendees. For more information, contact Alison Futris at .

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Keynote Presentations

The Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture, April 8
Philip Yancey

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, where he worked for ten years as editor and then publisher. Philip then became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Readers Digest, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal. For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, where he still serves as editor at large. He has written over 30 books, including Where Is God When It Hurts (1977), Disappointment with God (1988), and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? (2006). His books have won 13 Gold Medallion Awards from the Christian Publishers Association; more than 15 million copies have sold in English; and they have been distributed worldwide, being translated into over 50 languages. Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? received the same award in 1998. His most recent books are The Question That Never Goes Away (2013) and Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (2014), and he is currently working on his memoir. Philip Yancey and his wife, Janet, lived in downtown Chicago before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. Together they enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.

The Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture will be held on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Additional tickets for the Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture and dinner are available to guests of conference attendees for $40.00. ORDER HERE>>  

The Anne Marie Djupe Memorial Lecture, April 9

Dr. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor

Whether it is an “act of God” or terrorism, tragedy can cause serious spiritual sequelae—even among the religious. Faith community nurses can offer much to their congregations and the community at large to promote growth and transformation in the wake of tragedy. That is, humans who have experienced a serious threat to self or a loss that has shattered their assumptions about life often struggle to formulate meaningful explanations. While tragedy can prompt transformation, it also can cause a patient to “get stuck” and spiritually struggle. Strategies that FCNs can use to facilitate transformation for patients, can also be applied for self-care. Thus, the presentation describes the process of transformation and strategies that nurses might implement.

Please click here to read Dr. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor’s bio.

The Anne Marie Djupe Memorial Lecture will be delivered on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:45 p.m.

The Helen Westberg Memorial Panel Session, April 10

Faith Community Nurses on the Frontline of Crisis Care

Natural disasters, gun violence, opioid addiction, and homicides represent significant crises that are wreaking havoc in the lives of with individuals, families, and communities. Faith community nurses find themselves as frontline providers in these crisis situations. The purpose of this panel session is to provide attendees the opportunity to learn and engage with FCNs who have been actively addressing and managing these types of critical problems in their communities. The panel will present various strategies ranging from crisis prevention and to actions in working with those impacted by crisis issues.

To learn about our panel presenters, click here.

The Helen Westberg Memorial Panel Session will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m.

World Forum

The Westberg Institute World Forum is a network of all those from countries outside of the US who have taken the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course, are interested in teaching it, or are helping to support it outside the US. Nurses from over 30 countries are now part of this network, and there are regional resource centers in various continents. The meeting at Westberg Symposium each year brings greetings and news from various countries, look at the resources being made available through the Westberg Institute specifically for international use, and welcomes contributions from various countries that add to the knowledge gathered around the theology and practice of faith community nursing/parish nursing. The World Forum is also a way to make making new international contacts. Anyone who is planning to come to the symposium from countries outside of the US should contact Helen Wordsworth, International specialist, at Helen is planning the program for the World Forum session. If you’re from the US, come to this session and be inspired by what is happening elsewhere!

2019 Faith Community Nurse Research Forum

Sponsored by Faith Community Nurse International (FCNI)  

The FCNI RESEARCH FORUM  will be held at the Westberg Symposium. It will be coordinated by FCNI’s Research Committee. Both the International Journal of Faith Community Nursing and the Journal of Christian Nursing will be there and present a recently published research article.

Ann Solari-Twadell and Deborah Ziebarth will share about their upcoming book, Faith Community Nursing: An International Specialty Practice Changing the Understanding of Health, and facilitate an open discussion about how researchers can lend a hand with practice translations. The updated faith community nursing citations list will be shared with 2018 research highlighted.

The date and time is April 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75.00, which includes lunch. 

Special Post-Conference Workshop

Growing Courage for Caregivers

Introductory Training Module in Using the Henri Nouwen Caregiving Resources

Join us for a special post-conference workshop with Marjorie Thompson (right) and Michelle O’Rourke. “Courage for Caregivers” is a collection of resources designed to support both family and professional caregivers in a time when offering care has become increasingly challenging and burdensome within modern society. With three books in print through Church Health (The Story of Caregiving Series), and a fourth under development for professional caregivers through the Henri Nouwen Society (HNS), HNS is now offering an initial training module in how to use these materials for retreats, small groups, classes and care teams. Our intention is to grow the reach and impact of this collection of timely resources.

“Growing Courage for Caregivers” is an introductory training module requiring 2 hours to complete. It covers the following material:

  • Orientation to the Story of Caregiving Series
  • Key Themes of the Foundational Book: Courage for Caregivers
  • Overview of Appendices and Ways to Use Materials
  • Basics of Retreat Day and Adaptations
  • Enrichments for Professional Caregivers
  • Closing Q & A

The date and time is April 10, 2019, 1:00–3:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at Crosstown Concourse. The cost is $50.00, which includes course materials.

Please click here to learn more about this workshop.


Conference Registration

Early Registration ExtendedSave $90!




Regular Registration

  • Feb. 1 – March 15, 2019
Student Registration $250
Preconference Course Registration
Short Course $75
Full Course $150


FCNI Research Forum


Optional Ticketing

Additional Conference Attendee Guest Ticket

  • Includes the Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture & dinner on Mon., April 8 at 7.00 p.m.
  • Available for conference attendee guests.

Please note:

  • Registration will not be accepted at the door, so be sure to register by March 22, 2019!
  • Reimbursements will not be available after Feb. 28, 2019.


Non-profit Exhibitors $100
Commercial Exhibitors $200

Click here to download the Westberg Symposium Exhibitor Manual.

Lodging and Travel

Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Please click below for a list of area hotels.

Questions? We’re here to help! Please email Bryana Polk at with any questions about the Westberg Symposium.

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Sun 19

Online Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course

April 8 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm UTC-6
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