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Mennonite Chaplains Association is a network of chaplains and pastoral caregivers called by God as followers of Jesus Christ, committed to the Anabaptist faith perspective, providing fellowship, support, collaboration, collegiality, educational opportunities, and resources for ministry.



Good Reading this Month

Greetings to all,

As we look forward to the year ahead I invite all chaplains in our Association to make plans for participation in one or more gatherings planned by your colleagues to provide professional enrichment as well as supportive fellowship.

One highlight of the year for me and other MCA members is the annual meeting of the Mennonite Chaplains Association as part of the Mennonite Health Assembly. This year the Assembly is meeting in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown from March 6-8. Early Registration deadline is February 11th!** For more information, registration and accommodations follow this link: 2014 Registration Book. Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Open Space Sharing: In addition to a variety of workshops of interest to chaplains a Friday morning Chaplains Track will feature an Open Space technique in which each chaplain will have opportunity to share questions, challenges and/or what they consider their best new practices. From this sharing we will choose several topics for a more in-depth discussion. This component will be facilitated by Chet Yoder, Director of pastoral services, Garden Spot Village.

Credentialing for Chaplains – Nancy Kauffmann, Denominational Minister, Mennonite Church USA will join us for this morning together. She will lead a discussion regarding the process of credentialing for chaplains and the potential for developing a Ministerial Leadership Information (MLI) form designed particularly for those seeking chaplain positions. Such a form has potential to be especially valuable for institutions in their chaplain search processes.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship – The mission of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is to be an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals that seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, provide opportunities for dialogue on health-related issues, and address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service. Members of MCA share many of the questions and challenges that all healthcare professionals doctors, nurses, therapists et al. in the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith tradition encounter. We have been invited as chaplains to contribute to and find support in the mission of this Fellowship. One agenda item in Kansas City will be considering how we as chaplains might contribute to and find support through a more active participation in the life of this Fellowship of healthcare professionals.

Each year the MHF sponsors an Annual Gathering as well as regional gatherings. The Annual Gathering 2014 will be held June 13-15, 2014 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The theme is Faith at Work. The Annual Gathering includes plenary sessions and workshops as well as free time for recreation and fellowship. Regular participants find this event a relaxing and renewing time remembered as much for the relationships developed as the professional enrichment. For more information and registration see: http://mennohealth.org/events/gathering. When on the website check out the Regions page for possible events in your area in the Spring or Fall.

In addition to the above the Mennonite Chaplains Association will also hold its annual business meeting convened by Kenton T. Derstine, president of Mennonite Chaplains Association and Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. 



Colleague Grief in the Workplace

Chaplain Clair Hochstetler on caring for your co-workers Handling Colleague Grief in the Workplace Many chaplains find themselves coordinating or getting involved with grief and bereavement support, but it is especially challenging when it is you and your colleagues...

Called to be a Chaplain

To MCA Members -- I am sharing here my column to come out soon in the Mennonite Health Journal and welcome any feedback.  Called to Be A Chaplain by Bob Keener Fresh back from rich worship and fellowship at Charlotte 2005, I am reflecting on the roles of pastor and...

MCA Minutes – Cleveland Clinic 3.20.09

Mennonite Chaplains Executive CommitteeRenaissance HotelMarch 21, 2009Present: Donna Shenk, Cheryl Paulovich, Eldon Heatwole, Robert Shreiner,Anita Rediger, Vickie Yoder, Andy Stoner, Bob Keener, Carol Sue Borkholder, Martha Kalb-Wycoff, Dee Swartz, Jarvis...


Check out the following websites for information concerning education, certification, or for articles about spirituality in healthcare and meditative reflection.

Association of Professional Chaplains
National Association of Catholic Chaplains
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE)
Spirituality & Health
Psyche & Spirit
CPSP Pastoral Report



Below are some interesting readings contributed by our members.