Annual Gathering 2019

Well-being for All: Developing Resilience in Healthcare

Annual Gathering 2019

June 21-23, 2019

Laurelville Mennonite Church Center,

Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania


Well-being for All: Developing Resilience in Healthcare

Well-being for AllAnnual Gathering 2019

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Plenary presentations

Annual Gathering 2019

The following plenary presentations were held at Annual Gathering 2019.  

Dr. Sibonokuhle NcubeWho is under your carbon footprint?

Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube

The impact of climate change from the perspective of the global south.

Slide presentation

James Nelson GingerichResilient Healthcare: A Matter of Trust

James Gingerich, MD

Maple City Health Care Center’s founding physician, James Nelson Gingerich, describes the radical, counter-intuitive, upside-down culture of trust that is at the heart of the center’s resilience and success as an experiment in affordable, high quality, integrated, community based health care for a low-income, multi-cultural, immigrant neighborhood. 

Well-being for All: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

John Boll, DO, FAAFP

The United States is in a crisis of suffering regarding both chronic pain and addiction. This session focused on reframing this crisis of pain and addiction in terms relevant to biblical principles such that we can change the dialogue to one of hope.

Clair Char SusanAddressing Moral Injury With Spiritual Strength

Clair Hochstetler, MDiv
Charlene Epp, MDiv
Susan Lanford, MDiv

This closing worship and plenary drew from research regarding moral injury and its mitigation.


Annual Gathering 2019

James Nelson GingerichResilient Healthcare: A Matter of Trust

James Nelson Gingerich, MD

Follow-up workshop to Saturday morning plenary session.  

Carol Martin JohnsonAn Introduction to Art Psychotherapy: Offering Healing and Hope Through the Creative Process

Carol Martin Johnson, MA

Art therapists use the creative process to engage the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal therapy alone.

Michael ReeceNaturopathic Medicine and Integrative Oncology

Michael Reece, ND

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health. Naturopathic doctors trained in integrative cancer care provide evidence-informed guidance on safe and effective use of natural and supportive therapies, when combined with conventional treatment.

Janelle ZimmermanPlain Complexity: Serving the Old Order Amish and Mennonite Communities

Janelle M. Zimmerman, RN, BA

Presented by a nurse and former horse-and-buggy Mennonite, this workshop explored the complexity, rewards, and challenges of serving the Plain community. 

Shifting Climates: Rehumanizing the Conversation About Faith, Hope, and Climate Change

Michaela Mast, Harrison Horst, Sarah Longenecker

The producers of the podcast, “Shifting Climates” shared about their experience. 

Rebekah Maldonado-NofzigerTraining Community Leaders on Maternal and Child Health Services

Rebekah Maldonado-Nofziger, BSN, RN, DNP

Report on a project in Ethiopia which paired Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) priests with Health Development Army (HDA) workers to prevent maternal death. 

Grant Miller with Indigo Miller & Paul LeichtyHealthcare, Healing, and the Mission of God: Transformation and Discipleship in our Professions

Grant Miller, MDiv
Paul Leichty, MDiv
Indigo Miller, RN, MPH

Presenters reflected on the role of healthcare in the reconciling work of God and how participating in that work forms us as disciples and transforms us into the image of Christ. 


Angie & Jim Clemens

Jim & Angie ClemensAngie and Jim Clemens led in worship which included a sneak preview of some of the music being incorporated into the new Voices Together hymnal coming in 2020.

Lightning LucasAssisting them was Lucas Schrock-Hurst (“Lightning Lucas” who also gave a special presentation entitled Living Well with Bipolar Disorder: Songs and Stories with Lightning Lucas



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