The Institute for Spirituality and Health
Exploring the connections between spirituality and health.

Gathering of Friends

Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 2.08.34 PM.png

To learn more about this year's Gathering of Friends


The Gathering of Friends Luncheon, held each fall at River Oaks Country Club, is a time to celebrate the mission of ISH by honoring those who embody its values.  Through a keynote speaker, who addresses an important health challenge in a spiritual manner, we present the Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Caring Heart Award to an individual or institution that demonstrates similar actions of caring and concern. Often, we honor the work of a Texas Medical Center institution. The event is a powerful reminder of the work being done in our community to increase the presence of spirituality in all aspects of life, especially in times of difficulty.  We hope that you will considering joining us – it is sure to uplift and inspire.

Past Keynote Speakers and Awardees:

2017 - Keynote: Robert J. Wicks, Ph.D. // Awardee: Father Donald S. Nesti

2016 - Keynote: Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D. and Eduardo Bruera, M.D. // Awardee: Dick Stasney, M.D.

2015 - Keynote: Darrell Cass, M.D. // Awardee: Texas Children's Hospital

2014 - Keynote: Congresswoman Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, and Mark Kelly // Awardee: TIRR Memorial Hermann, Rabbi Sam Karff

2013 - Keynote: Susan Baker // Awardee: James Willerson, M.D.