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Swinging Chandeliers

Swinging ChandeliersIt was Easter Sunday and we were gustily singing resurrection hymns at our afternoon Vespers service. “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes … Hallelujah, Christ arose.” Caught up in the moment I said, “The Spirit of him...

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Spiritual Interpreter

Spiritual InterpreterNot long ago I read on Bishop Alan’s blog, a description of a chaplain as being “someone who learns and listens carefully to the languages people use to express themselves, a spiritual interpreter, someone who can hold the lines and ask key...

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It Is Better Together

“It is better together!” To attend Mennonite Health Assembly in Cleveland was to receive a shot of adrenaline. Weeks later I'm still on a high from the invigorating interactions and networking that happened for Chaplains. As keynote speaker Lewis Feldstein said, “It...

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Here Am I, Lord

Mennonite Health Journal Article 4 – 2010“Here am I, Lord!”Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; Let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)These words of Mary, spoken with perplexity, surprise, wonder; but with utter trust and confidence in...

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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...

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Coach Cared

Coach CaredI journal; for years I have journaled. In my young adult years I thoughtfully listed New Year’s resolutions in the back of my journal. There I could periodically access them to see how I was doing. Ambitious as I was, those resolutions often went...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18Eighty-five-year-old Ellie rolled down the hall in her wheelchair after lunch. Seeing me, she stopped to chit-chat about miniature...

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You will keep him in perfect peace

You will keep him in perfect peace Jarvis Hochstedler Friday, November 11, 2011 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) As ambassadors for our various “peace churches” I write this article as a word...

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Why I Am A Chaplain

Why I Am A Chaplain Chet Yoder Tuesday, May 15, 2012 May Reflection Article Why I Am A Chaplain After serving a local congregation as pastor for eighteen years, I am now in my fourth year of chaplaincy at a continuing care retirement community. At times the question...

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Why would I need a Chaplain? By Vickie Yoder If you have ever found a situation, illness, or a number of life’s pressures overwhelming; you could have benefited from a Chaplain.  We assist patients and families to help themselves by teaching them to cope and by...

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Swinging Chandeliers

Swinging ChandeliersIt was Easter Sunday and we were gustily singing resurrection hymns at our afternoon Vespers service. “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes … Hallelujah, Christ arose.” Caught up in the moment I said, “The Spirit of him...

read more

Spiritual Interpreter

Spiritual InterpreterNot long ago I read on Bishop Alan’s blog, a description of a chaplain as being “someone who learns and listens carefully to the languages people use to express themselves, a spiritual interpreter, someone who can hold the lines and ask key...

read more

It Is Better Together

“It is better together!” To attend Mennonite Health Assembly in Cleveland was to receive a shot of adrenaline. Weeks later I'm still on a high from the invigorating interactions and networking that happened for Chaplains. As keynote speaker Lewis Feldstein said, “It...

read more

Here Am I, Lord

Mennonite Health Journal Article 4 – 2010“Here am I, Lord!”Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; Let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)These words of Mary, spoken with perplexity, surprise, wonder; but with utter trust and confidence in...

read more

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...

read more

Coach Cared

Coach CaredI journal; for years I have journaled. In my young adult years I thoughtfully listed New Year’s resolutions in the back of my journal. There I could periodically access them to see how I was doing. Ambitious as I was, those resolutions often went...

read more

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18Eighty-five-year-old Ellie rolled down the hall in her wheelchair after lunch. Seeing me, she stopped to chit-chat about miniature...

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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...

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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...

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Highlights from Mennonite Health Assembly 2015

REFLECTIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2015 CINCINNATI MENNONITE HEALTH ASSEMBLY Opening evening address by Jack Shea, leader in faith movement within Catholic Healthcare - More important than articulating the mission of a faith-based non-profit on paper or on a wall is the...