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Christ in All of Us

by Clare Krabill, MHS COO
I was struck by the purity and simplicity of these words penned by Wendell Berry as I uttered them in a silent prayer. We are living in times of great complexity, stress, suffering and strife. In the midst of the global pandemic, increased awareness of violence against people of color, particularly Black people, and growing political division, his words sooth a longing in my soul.

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Meet MHA Keynote Speaker Ted Swartz

Tuesday, March 9 - Thursday, March 11, 2021

The virtual conference will take place from Noon - 3:00 p.m. (EDT) each day.

The Arts, Vulnerability and Mental Health

Ted Swartz

Ted Swartz is a playwright and actor who has been mucking around in the worlds of the sacred and profane for over 20 years. Ted fell in love with acting and theater on his way to a traditional pastorate in the Mennonite church, a denomination not usually thought of as a hotbed of theatrical opportunities.

Coupling theater and seminary education, Ted became a theologian of a different sort. He discovered that at the intersection of humor and biblical story we often find new or different understandings of Scripture

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Your Words

Your invitation to be heard!

What Are You Thankful For?

To contribute your words use the button below. Responses will be published next month.

Answer Now

You contributed many great responses to Your Words last month. Below are a few of them but you can see them all right here.

Be brave and face new challenges by engaging with the perspective of others. Don't get stuck in your own thinking when there is much to be gained by understanding others.

-- Heather Hinkle, Frederick Community College Education Program Coordinator

A critical piece of leadership is assuring that each person understands the importance of participation in the process. Leaders need engaged followers.

-- Bill Braun, Sierra View Homes, Inc. Chair of the Board

Never be afraid to recruit and hire people smarter than yourself.

-- Ann Marks, Frederick Living Vice President Health and Wellness

Introducing Intersectionality | Addressing Systemic Oppression

November 19, 2020 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism Coordinator

Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw and emerging out of an analysis of workplace discrimination against Black women, the term “intersectionality” provides a framework for understanding how racism/White supremacy and other forms of oppression (sexism/patriarchy; ableism; heterosexism, etc.) collide to impact specific communities in detrimental and violent ways. As the term has become more mainstream, its meaning has gotten lost in translation. This learning session will work to increase understanding of what intersectionality is and why it matters for our undoing oppression efforts.

Register for the free webinar now.


MHS Staff Book Recommendation

by Clare Krabill, MHS COO

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, © 2010

As non-profit professionals you understand the power of story to portray why your mission matters as you seek to move the hearts and minds of your constituents. Through story you hope to empower...

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Jesse Kaye to Retire in November

Jessie KayeJessie Kaye, President and CEO at Praire View, will retire after nearly 16 years with the organization and 44 years of service in faith-based health and human services ministries. November 22 is Kaye’s scheduled last day.

Her years at Praire View have included many accomplishments including: The rapid expansion of telemedicine to ensure provision of services during the COVID-19 global pandemic, construction of Prairie View’s East Wichita outpatient clinic location, and the creation of the organization’s first Statement of Values to protect the heritage and faith identity of Prairie View. [ Read More...]

COVID-19 Challenges Employee Recruitment and Retention

With the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are finding that hiring qualified candidates is becoming the biggest challenge, while employee turnover falls to the secondary challenge. Communities and associations are bustling to develop recruitment and retention strategies that align with the stress and fears of their employees. [ Read more…]

How to Nurture Diversity Efforts Over the Long Haul

As protests for racial justice swept across the nation over the summer, organizations put renewed energy into their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Here’s how to make sure this work continues once injustice against marginalized groups fades from the headlines. [ Go to article... ]

Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

As part as our committment to continue working toward racial justice, we will feature several items from the list of 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice in each issue of eConnections.

  • Read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Yep, get a group of friends together to read it like a book club would — read, then discuss. Buy it from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Read A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Thank you to Steve Senatori for this suggestion. Buy the book from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Read Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. The information the author shares about the ease with which one can be charged with “conspiracy” to sell drugs, the damage done from long sentences that don’t fit the crime due to mandatory minimum sentencing, the ever-present threat of solitary confinement at a Correction Officer’s whim, and other specific harmful practices in the prison system are well done. Get a group of friends together to read it like a book club would — read, then discuss. Buy the book from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. Get your friends on board reading it, too. Buy it from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Especially if you or a friend is an educator, read or share bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress. Buy it from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Read Nikole Hannah-Jones’ The 1619 Project.
  • Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and opt for toys for your kids, nieces, nephews, etc that show people from different races, religions, countries and that teach real American history. A few ideas: the books, toys, and flashcards from one of our earlier suggestions.
  • Decolonize your bookshelf.
  • Listen without ego and defensiveness to people of color. Truly listen. Don’t scroll past articles written by people of color — Read them.
  • Don’t be silent about that racist joke. Silence is support.


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