Gathering for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship this summer
Posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.
GOSHEN - “Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare” is the theme for the second Annual Gathering of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, set for June 21-23 at Goshen College. Speakers will include Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, a national expert on healthcare law and healthcare reform, and Ervin R. Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA. MHF is an inter-disciplinary association of healthcare workers who identify as Mennonite or Anabaptist and desire to integrate their faith with their professional life. The Annual Gathering is open to MHF members and prospective members as well as others interested in the intersection of health and faith. Jost, a law professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and co-author of the major textbook on healthcare law, will present “Challenges of a Changing Healthcare System” to open the event Friday evening June 21.
Patricia Ebersole Zwier, bilingual therapist at Oaklawn Center in Goshen, will present “Don’t Be Afraid: Anxiety in a World of Moral Dilemmas” Saturday morning June 22. Jost and Zwier will offer follow-up workshops during the day Saturday. Additional workshops include the church’s mission in healing and healthcare; end-of-life issues; trauma and spirituality; enhancing compassion through gazing prayer; and international healthcare partnerships. Saturday evening’s panel discussion will be “Healthcare Access for All: A Community’s Response.” Leaders from a variety of Goshen-area healthcare institutions will share their perspectives, moderated by J. Nelson Kraybill, pastor of Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, and president-elect of Mennonite World Conference. Activities Sunday morning will highlight a joint worship service with College Mennonite Church, featuring a message by Ervin Stutzman entitled “Healing as a Gift of God’s Grace.” Worship times at the beginning of each plenary session will feature Goshen folk singers Gwen and Les Gustafson-Zook. The couple will also present a late evening concert on Saturday. Childcare and children and youth programs throughout the weekend will be offered for families who register by May 31. Children’s activities will include a visit to Merry Lea Environmental Center, operated by Goshen College. For more information, fees and registration instructions visit www.mennohealth.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-406-3643.