Mennonite Health Journal

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Mennonite Health Journal, August 2013

Paul D. Leichty

from Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 15, No. 3 – August 2013

Mennonite Health Journal, August 2013

This issue of Mennonite Health Journal follows up on Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship’s Annual Gathering 2013, held June 21-23, 2013 in Goshen, Indiana.  Some articles come directly out of presentations given at that event.  Others are further reflections based on the theme, “Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare.” All of them have some connection with how Christians respond with the ministry of healthcare in a changing world.

Goshen College student reporter, Twila Albrecht, paints an overview of the Annual Gathering for the benefit of both those who were not present as well as those who were.

The opening keynote address by Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, a recognized national expert on healthcare law outlined both the moral dilemmas that led to healthcare reform as well as the issues that are coming out of that reform, especially as many provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014.  Jost has graciously condensed and shaped his meaty presentation into a readable article.  MHF members are welcome to request the original version from the MHF Office.

Paul Leichty, MHF Executive Director and MHJ Editor, follows with an editorial reflecting on moral dilemmas and the choices we make.

As this issue of MHJ was being assembled, the MHF Office learned of the death of a remarkable Paraguayan Mennonite physician, Hans Edgard Epp. Through the gracious contributions of Epp’s widow, Ingrid Kaethler Epp and the help of translators, we are able to present in English a glimpse of this pioneer who throughout his life faced the dilemmas of education, public health, and a multi-cultural environment.

Finally, Canadian physician, Murray Nickel, presents us with one happy resolution of an all-too-common dilemma of how to marshal resources for education, public health, community development, and change in developing countries.

Watch for more articles in forthcoming editions of Mennonite Health Journal. Here is a link to the PDF version of the entire issue: MHJ 201308.

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Credits: Paul D. Leichty, Editor
Photographs courtesy of Michael Sheeler and Eastern Mennonite University, Ingrid Epp, Stan Godshall, Paul Leichty, Murray Nickel, and Dottie Kauffmann and College Mennonite Church

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.