After careful consideration, the MHS Board of Directors decided to move to a virtual format for Mennonite Health Assembly (MHA) in 2021.The MHS Board recently debated the merits of having an in-person MHA next March versus holding a virtual assembly. We value being together and will miss the opportunities that meeting face to face can offer. We also recognize the health risks of traveling, and assembling a large group of MHS leaders and partners.
There are currently opportunities in a virtual event that cannot be captured in an in-person event. With lower registration costs and no travel expenses, more members, including chief executives, senior teams, emerging leaders and board members, can have the opportunity to attend.
We will be able to meet without wearing face masks, see each other’s smiles, and avoid the potential spread of infection. As virtual meetings tend to be shorter, we also have an opportunity to strategically focus and condense the content for the greatest impact. We can get creative around chat rooms and other forms of virtual engagement to create a new kind of experience.
As this is a recent decision, the MHA Planning Committee (Amanda Nugent Divine, Kings View Corporation; Bill Hartman, Everence; Jen Foster, CCMS; Steve Lindsey, Garden Spot; Kari Tarman, Oaklawn; Ally Lawton, MHS; and Clare Krabill, MHS) and MHS staff are working through the details. Look for updates soon. Whether we meet in-person or virtually, we are stronger together. We look forward to delivering you an experience that inspires and strengthens your ministries to fulfill your missions.