Annual Gathering 2022

IN PERSON October 14th-16th, MCC's Welcoming Place in Akron, PA



Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship 2022 Annual Gathering

Our Keynote Speaker will be Malinda Elizabeth Berry PhD who has been an active participant in MHF’s Five Life Standards (5LS) Nurture Council. Her doctoral dissertation included interpreting the Five Life Standards as an Anabaptist peace theology and The 5LS are the core features of Doris Janzen Longacre’s book Living More with Less.


Early Bird Rates apply until September 1st, use Code: EARLYBIRD22

October 14-16, 2022

Location: The Welcoming Place
on grounds of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Headquarters

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is pleased to announce our 2022 Annual Gathering will take place October 14th-16th in Akron, Pennsylvania at the Welcoming Place.

A weekend of refreshment, fellowship, worship, and deep conversations with your fellow Anabaptist healthcare providers in a beautifully wooded setting!

Annual Gathering 2022 Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 14, 2022

3:00-7:00 PM Registration

5:00-6:30 PM Dinner

6:30-8:30 PM Welcome, Opening Session and Talking Circle Orientation

Saturday, October 15, 2022

7:30-8:30 AM Morning Prayer

8:30-9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00-10:30 AM Your choice of two circle sessions or a self-guided activity :
Circle 1: Life Standard 1 Do Justice
Circle 2: Life Standard 2 Learn from the World Community

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Lunch

1:00-2:30 PM Your choice of two circle sessions or a self-guided activity:
Circle 3: Life Standard 3 Cherish the Natural Order
Circle 4: Life Standard 4 Nurture People

2:30-3:00 Break and Snack

3:00-4:30 PM Your choice circle session or a self-guided activity:
Circle 5: Life Standard 5 Nonconform Freely

5:00-6:30 PM Dinner

6:30-8:00 PM Evening Session: Confession Bible Study on John 

8:00-9:30 PM Ice cream social, music/story circles, and outdoor fires

Sunday, October 16, 2022

7:30-7:45 AM Morning Prayer

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00-10:30 AM Worship, Communion, and Closing Session

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Lunch

Throughout the weekend, additional leisure activities: nature walks, art table, hot beverage/snack station, discussion board, audio/video reflection submissions, music circles.

Information about the Weekend

The weekend will include plenary sessions, discussion of the Five Life Standards using circle process, worship, time for rest and renewal activities, wonderful locally-sourced meals and snacks, and the fellowship of likeminded Anabaptist and Mennonite healthcare providers and their significant others to journey with one another in our collective calling to health and healthcare.

The proposed Five Life Standards we will be discussing and exploring are:

  1. Do justice
  2. Learn from the world community
  3. Nurture people
  4. Cherish the natural order
  5. Nonconform freely

More about Malinda: Malinda is a member of the teaching faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) where she teaches theology and ethics and is the new director of the Faith Formation Collaborative at AMBS. Because of the way Living More with Less connects her interest in Mennonite spirituality, peace theology, and ecological stewardship, Malinda reached out to MHF after reading an article in Anabaptist World about the 5LS Nurture Council’s initiative related to Living More with Less. That started a conversation that hasn’t stopped. Malinda’s extended family includes many healthcare professionals and their perspective on life has contributed immensely to her spiritual growth. She is looking forward to this gathering because she believes that, in light of the Apostle Paul’s image of the church as a body, healthcare professionals have theological insights from their work that are of vital importance to Christian community.  

Donna Minter will be our Facilitator for the weekend.

More about Donna: Donna is founder of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute and a Lead Certified Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Trainer. Donna is a licensed psychologist who has practiced neuropsychology for 25+ years in outpatient and inpatient clinics and educational settings. For 20+ years she has conducted court-ordered mental health evaluations and provided expert court testimony. As a peacebuilding instigator, she administers, implements, and conducts trainings and talking circles in Minnesota, throughout the USA, and internationally. Donna grew up attending Mennonite Medical Association annual gatherings with her parents Marty and Don Minter, and she now serves on MHF’s Board and Nurture Council. Like most other healthcare providers in today’s world, she is tired and needs rest, reflection, and renewal. Her deepening belief that God created her to be loved draws her to the well of God’s abundant love to explore with others what it means to equally love ourselves as we love and serve others. She looks forward to spending time exploring the 5 Life Standards with others who are committed to the Mennonite/Anabaptist way of following Jesus.

The Venue

More about MCC’s Welcoming Place: MCC’s Welcoming Place is designed to represent an international village and reflect the homes, schools and churches of MCC’s partner organizations around the world. All buildings are decorated with international crafts from Ten Thousand Villages. Surrounded by woods, there are four outdoor fireplaces, and each house offers coffee-makers and a kitchen that opens up to a common living space.

Within each of 4 guest houses are 11 bedrooms, including:

Private baths

Central gathering place



Outdoor and indoor fireplaces

Whole house fans

In-floor heating

Free wireless internet

There are rooms available with queen-sized beds or two twin beds. The facility is accessible, with a playground and childcare room for children, and a small walking path through lovely woods behind the conference center. It is accessible to Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Philadelphia PA (1 hour by car). There is a train available from Philadelphia to Lancaster PA as well.

COVID-19 and Other Cancellation Policies: MHF will observe public health precautions if community transmission is moderate or high (handwashing, masking indoors), though some of our activities will occur in small groups and may occur outdoors. After registering, you may cancel your registration by contacting for a full refund up to 30 days before the event. A partial refund applies up to 21 days up to Annual Gathering. After that point, MHF’s costs are non-refundable, and registration fees for those who cannot attend will be applied as a tax-deductible donation to MHF.

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