'Faith and Wellness' are topics of Piedmont conference in Athens:

The connections between faith and health were the topics of Piedmont College's fifth annual Conference on Religion and the Liberal Arts, to be held in Athens Feb. 24–25. Featuring speakers Barbara Brown Taylor and Gary R. Gunderson, the two-day conference, entitled "Well With My Soul: Faith and Health in the 21st Century," will be held at the Classic Center and the college's Athens Campus.

"As we learn more about human health, we learn that true wellness involves the food we eat, the communities we belong to, and the relationships we build," said Piedmont's Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Ashley Cleere. "It is always beneficial to pause and reflect how we live our lives, and this conference gives people the opportunity to contemplate living well as individuals and as members of communities of faith."

An Episcopal priest since 1984, keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont. She is the author of 12 books including the New York Times bestseller "An Altar in the World."

Gary GundersonGary Gunderson is a senior vice president and director of the Center of Excellence in Faith & Health at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn. He is the author of four books, including "Faith and Health: Changing the Paradigm," co-authored with James Cochrane, which will be published in January 2012. Gunderson will present the plenary address on the role of spirituality in forming relationships in which people find their way through life toward health.

The "Well With My Soul" conference fee is $150 per person, which includes the keynote address, plenary address, two workshop sessions, and three meals including the opening banquet. For more information about the conference, accommodations, and online registration visit www.piedmont.edu/rc.

Following the keynote address, singer/songwriter Christopher Grundy will perform. Grundy has developed a combination of thoughtful folk and inclusive, singable, Christian music. He currently teaches worship at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. and performs concerts around the country.