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Children's Hosting Duley Lecture Series to Bring Pediatricians, Faith Leaders Together

BIRMINGHAM - Both pediatricians and faith leaders often find themselves at the forefront of caring for children and their families during difficult times. On Oct. 30, these two groups will come together to collaborate and focus on the well-being and safety of Alabama children.

Children’s of Alabama will present its inaugural Duley Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 till 7:30 p.m. at its Bradley Lecture Center (1600 6th Avenue South).  Pediatricians, ministers, children’s program leaders and faith leaders are invited to attend and contribute.

Topics include:

  • Identifying children at risk for abuse
  • Discussing current child abuse issues with care takers, medical providers and faith leaders
  • Examining ways medical providers and the faith community can collaborate to advocate for children.

The Duley Lecture Series was created in honor of Rev. Doreen Duley, who served Children’s for more than 20 years as a chaplain and director of Pastoral Care at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

Registration is free but preregistration is required online at This educational and inspirational event is the centerpiece of Pastoral Care’s annual observance of Children’s Sabbath, a faith-based initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 659,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at