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Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship events slated

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 18, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

GOSHEN — Two sessions of “Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare” at the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship’s international annual gathering will be free and open to the public.

Sessions are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at Goshen College Church-Chapel at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St.

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost will present “Challenges of a Changing Healthcare System” on Friday evening, discussing the moral issues that led to health care reform and Congress’ passage of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Jost holds the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and is a co-author of the casebook “Health Law.” Jost is also a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

A panel of Goshen area health care leaders will discuss “Healthcare Access for All: A Community’s Response” on Saturday evening. Leaders will discuss challenges they face as they work toward providing affordable health care for all persons in the community. The moderator will be J. Nelson Kraybill, pastor of Prairie Street Mennonite Church and president emeritus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart. Other panelists will be Randy Christophel, president and chief executive officer of Indiana University Health Goshen; James Nelson Gingerich, founder and medical director of Maple City Health Center; Mark King, president and chief executive officer of Greencroft Communities; Clare Krabill, executive director of the Center for Healing and Hope; and Darrin Miller, director of access and risk services at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center.

The public sessions are part of a larger weekend event sponsored by MHF bringing members and visitors from numerous states and countries. Sessions will begin with singing led by award-winning folk-singing duo Gwen and Les Gustafson-Zook.

The public is also invited to a joint morning worship service at College Mennonite Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Ervin R. Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will preach “Healing as a Gift of God’s Grace.”

For more information on MHF and its annual gathering visit, email or call 888-406-3643.