Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div.

Dr. Scott Morris is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Church Health in Memphis, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community, and the volunteered help of doctors, nurses, dentists and others, Church Health has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the nation. Since inception, Church Health has cared for over 70,000 patients and had over 54,000 patient visits in FY2018.

Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.

Swimming Lessons, Ghandi and Non-Violence

Swimming Lessons, Ghandi and Non-Violence

To honor the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, we can look for other ways to transform our hearts and learn the skills love can teach us. Let’s begin with our own personal relationships. We first deal with the fires of anger and hatred in the world by looking into our own hearts. Knowing how to make this shift can be hard. But one way to start is protecting children from harm—and teaching children how to swim. I think Gandhi would be pleased.

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Articulating your values and goals can help you find your way in life.

Articulating your values and goals can help you find your way in life.

Finding our way in life can be difficult. One strategy that helps — regardless of personal wealth — is articulating your values and goals for living. I’m not talking about goals for how much stuff you want, how many places you hope to visit or what exciting things are on your bucket list. I’m talking about what really matters for a healthy life.

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We all experience pain and joy simultaneously; don’t let the pain win.

We all experience pain and joy simultaneously; don’t let the pain win.

While David and Katie’s experience of the transcendental was dramatic, it was similar to what all of us encounter nearly every day. Despite our wishes, we don’t get to have just life-affirming events. We want our lives to consistently be good, but the reality is that we almost always have pain and joy going on at the same time. When our experience doesn’t match our expectations for a life free of disappointment and challenges, oftentimes sorrow drowns out elation.

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Time management: Don’t let the urgent take over the important.

Time management: Don’t let the urgent take over the important.

The problem is that the important does not need to be done right now. It can often wait until tomorrow or next week or even longer. It is urgent to get Grandmother a Christmas present, but it is important to spend quality time with her to let her know you love her. It is urgent to meet your sales quota, but it is important to create a business that treats customers with fairness and quality service. It is urgent to get your children to school on time, but it is important to give them love that will last a lifetime.

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Lessons from Mr. Rogers

Lessons from Mr. Rogers

Of the many ways we should celebrate Mr. Rogers, I am drawn to his definition of love. He wrote “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

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A Pink Pig – and Christmas

A Pink Pig – and Christmas

God has always been with us, and our charge is to recognize God’s presence now and always. We do not need to hope that all will be well, nor do we need to rely on luck or our own might to make life meaningful; we just need to look within to recognize that God has always been in charge and that continues to be the case.

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Church Health’s Role During 2018 Open Enrollment

Church Health’s Role During 2018 Open Enrollment

For the next six weeks of open enrollment, Church Health’s HAT Team (Healthcare Advisory Team) will be working to enroll people who qualify for coverage through the ACA, Medicaid or Medicare. The team will also help those who do not qualify by helping them become patients here at Church Health, where we charge on a sliding scale and provide the same quality of care I would expect for my mother.

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This Place We Call Church Health

This Place We Call Church Health

Today, I will see another mornings’ worth of people in the clinic. Who knows what God has in store for me and for us? What I do know is that there will be hardworking souls who feel desperate and who come to us. We will welcome them with open hearts and open arms, just as we have for 30 years at this place we call Church Health.

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Charlottesville

Charlottesville

I graduated from the University of Virginia in 1976. I had not been back to visit until last fall when I took my wife, Mary, to see Thomas Jefferson’s university. The university itself had changed little, but the downtown and surrounding area was very different. It...

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