News & Event

A Year of Community Conversations
The Westberg Institute will be held in six locations in partership with regional conferences or faith community nurse events.
Here are the locations and dates along with the
brochures we have so far.
Newport Beach, CA - March 15-16  Click here for brochure.

Lansing, MI - April 21-22  Click here for brochure
Lawrenceville, GA - April 28 Click here for brochure

San Antonia, TX - Mary 21
Kennebunk, ME - June 13-14
International Westberg of the Road, United Kingdom - March 2017
For more information check the Church Health FCN Platform at

Region 3 Spring Gathering will be held at
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Monday, May 1, 2017

This  presentation will also be streamed to be
available Nationally


Presented by

The Reverend Marian Eisenmann

This unique presentation offers new perspectives on the grieving process as well as practical suggestions for supporting others in their grief.  Drawing on her own experiences as a nurse, pastor, and hospital chaplain, Marian Eisenmann uses her love of storytelling to inspire and educate others in the area of grief ministry. In addition to new insights on grief and loss, participants will gain helpful “tools” and suggestions for facilitating support groups and bereavement ministry in their own faith communities.
Part 1.  “Finding Hope in the Midst of Grief”
Part 2. “Sharing Hope with Those Who Grieve”
Click here for registration information and more workshop details

Please note: Fall Gathering,
October 13-14, 2017

Congratulations Ruth!!

March 30, 2017
Dear Ms. Manchester,

"Congratulations! Your abstract, "Unclean": A Nurse Who Dared to Care, has been selected for a Paper presentation at the 2017 AAHN Annual Conference, September 7-10, 2017 in Fairport, NY. This initial notification is to confirm your receipt of this acceptance notification and intention to present at the conference."

Ruth Manchester is the National ELPNA Board of Directors Representative from Region 8.  She is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and has been a paid parish nurse at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD for the past 12 years. In this capacity, she is in charge of Caring Ministries, Social Ministry, and the one-to-one caring that is involved in parish nursing.

Announcement: Revisions of Faith Community Nursing

Scope & Standards of Practice

The National Board of ELPNA has responded to the draft of these proposed revisions. We have asked for a number of changes in wording, clarification, and what to leave out or put in the appendix.

Tell Everyone About Your Faith Community Nursing Ministry
Our Tee Shirts are now available for $15 plus $3 shipping cost

This would make a great gift for your Parish Nurse.

Click here to view the flyer and ordering information



The easiest way is to go the Church Health Center website,, where you can fill out a form to request an invitation. Since the Westberg Institute (our network) is a closed platform, members must be invited to join.

Once you have joined this platform you can join any of the groups that are of interest - like the Lutheran Parish Nurses group. You can even create a new group and invite others to join.