The NC Council of Churches holds the first Faith and Health Summit on March 23 at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street, in Raleigh. The summit will help bridge the gaps between science and religion, while strengthening the cooperative work between the faith and medical communities to make North Carolina congregations healthier. Gov. Beverly Perdue is the confirmed speaker at the luncheon and the Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson of Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, TN will give the keynote address. A series of workshops will be offered on topics including mental health, church-sponsored community gardens, health disparities, faith-based emergency preparedness, and congregational health to help illustrate the spiritual relevance of healthy living. All interested persons – clergy, congregants, public health professionals, students, lawmakers, and members of the general public – are encouraged to attend. To register or for more information, visit the Council’s Web site, www.nccouncilofchurches.org; or call 919-828-6501.