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Attending Clergy Association of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals to Explore Culture and Religion at Annual Symposium

DALLAS — The Attending Clergy Association (ACA) of Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals will host “Are we in this together or am I in it alone? Culture and religion in the USA.” The daylong educational program will feature keynote speaker Robert Putnam, Ph.D., author of more than a dozen books, including Bowling Alone, American Grace and Making Democracy Work.

It’s the 17th annual symposium of the Attending Clergy Association. This year’s program will explore the nature of the American religious and cultural landscape.

“We want to explore how we as Americans relate to each other in the world around us,” said John Engelhard, senior chaplain for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals in Dallas, Denton, Plano, Kaufman and Allen. “Think of our experiences, either as a community or as an individual. There’s the inability of congress to compromise and solve problems, fewer people choosing to marry, millions of Americans with no health coverage, economic segregation and declining membership in religious communities. And through it all, are we in it alone? Or are we in it together?”

Putnam’s work looks into the sociology of religion and culture in today’s world. A professor of public policy at Harvard University, Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as an adviser to presidents and political leaders around the world. His books are some of the most cited publications in social sciences.

The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.”

A distinguished panel of community religious leaders and scholars will offer responses to Putnam’s presentation. The panel will include Dr. Hind Jarrah, co-founder and former president of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; Dean William Lawrence, dean and professor of American Church History at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology; Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College; and Rabbi David Stern, senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El.

The symposium will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in Fogelson Forum at Texas Health Dallas. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-345-4220 or visit

About the Attending Clergy Association
The Attending Clergy Association was established in 1994 as an interfaith clergy organization for and with clergy within Texas Health Resources. The purpose of the organization is to provide continuing education opportunities for clergy, help bring clergy into Texas Health hospitals as an integral member of the healing team, and work together to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. The ACA is made up of over 320 clergy who serve faith communities throughout North Texas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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