Mennonite Health Journal

Articles on the intersection of faith and health








Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3, October 2012

Paul D. Leichty

from Mennonite Health Journal, Volume 14, No. 3, October 2012

This issue of Mennonite Health Journal presents an assortment of articles representing the mission of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) and our Journal partners, Mennonite Chaplains Association (MCA) and International Mennonite Health Association (IMHA).  Articles reflect the twin themes of bringing unity out of diversity and the new out of the old.

Paul Leichty, MHF Executive Director, reflects on how our faith can bring about unity in our increasingly divided world.

Deb Bergen reviews the memoir of Mennonite physician, Art Kennel, who challenges the easy categories by which we often divide our own lives.  Life, Love, Llamas, and Laughs tells the fascinating story of one of our own in his diverse and yet unified life journey.

How many MHF members does it take to change a light bulb?  Joe Longacher, the new President of the Board of MHF reflects on the contributions that each of us can make as we give shape to our unity as integrated Anabaptist healthcare association.

Mark Troyer sorts through his fantasies and anxieties as he reflects on his cross-cultural Student Elective Term (SET) experience in Tanzania.  Mark is the first student to participate in SET under MHF.

All of us are getting older, but we can also experience new beginnings.  Chaplain Cheryl Paulovich offers reflections from her own personal and professional experience in a column from the Mennonite Chaplains Association website.

Finally, we present an article on Poverty and Restorative Strategies from Murray Nickel, President of the International Mennonite Health Association (IMHA).  Murray represents a new generation of binational North American leadership for a renewed IMHA.  Having grown up in an era when North American medical personnel were sent overseas as missionaries, Murray now is asking the questions about the shape of true cross-cultural partnerships for 21st century mission.

Full issue of Journal in PDF:  MHJ 2012-10

About the author

Paul D. LeichtyPaul D. Leichty, M.Div. was the first Executive Director of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF), serving from Sept. 2011 through May 2020.  Paul has served as a pastor, church musician, computer support person, disabilities advocate, and administrator/organizer of a number of church-related ministries. In addition to responsibilities at MHF, Paul is Executive Director of Congregational Accessibility Network and was formerly Director of User Services at  He is a member of Agape Fellowship of the Mennonite Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife, Twila Charles Leichty.