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News from around the world of parish nursing.

From Chaplain Cecilia Askew in the Bahamas:

The Ecumenical Health Care Ministry Council Retreat for parish nurses and other health ministers in The Bahamas took place on September 27, 2008 at New Destiny Baptist Church in Nassau with Bishop Delton Fernander speaking on "Those that Care: The Ministry of Health & Healing." Plenaries were also offered by Ms. Simmone Bowe on holistic healing, Rev. Emily Demeritte on the church as a haven for care and healing, and Pastor Jarenda Rahming on healing through prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices. A lively day of prayer, praise, discussion and reflection! More information at ecumenical.htm.

From New Zealand, Elaine Tyrell reporting, just following their 10th Annual Conference, "Bridging Health with Faith in our Communities" held on October 24-27 in Christchurch. "We learnt much this weekend from the conference but not just from the speakers. There was much to hear from the participants and their individual stories and history. God is good and has journeyed with us and brought us together in a wonderful way. I spoke at our opening service of thanksgiving of the mat being woven of the strands of many participating in a call to God to serve him through nursing and specifically parish nursing.... [We have parish nursing resources at] the library which is now to be housed at St John's Theological College John Kinder Library in Auckland-accessible to all by distance."

"Lynda Miller was another blessing to us.... We experienced many special moments and 2 nurses started their ministry this week and there will be another 2 in the New Year. Please share our greetings with our parish nursing colleagues. We all send our love to you and thank you for your encouragement and thoughtfulness."

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Date:Sep 22, 2008
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