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ELPNA Fall Gathering

October 13-14, 2017

"Job: Through Suffering to Healing"  

Presenters:  Kathryn Schiffendecker and Carla Dahl,
both professors at Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN

Live Streaming Available!!   

Participants will deepen their caring skills by using the book of Job as a lens through which to view loss and pastoral responses to loss. Team-taught by a biblical scholar and a pastoral care practitioner and teacher, this workshop will explore biblical, theological, and pastoral responses to suffering, loss, and grief. What can we say about God, the world, and human beings in the face of inexplicable suffering? How can we walk alongside those in grief in a way that leads them back to life? Participants are asked to read the whole book of Job before the workshop.

Registration information:   Click here for Complete Flyer

            In-person registrant ($110 tuition)

            Livestream registrant ($50 tuition)

             or call 651-641-3416    
 This event is open to all Parish/Faith Community Nurses and health care professionals who care for those experiencing suffering.  
It is recommended that you read the Book of Job prior to attending

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
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This would make a great gift for your Parish Nurse.

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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.