see also: Call for Papers and Poster




October 14-16, 2010


Hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies

Held in Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Ave

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Thursday: 7:00: Opening

Welcome, David Fitzpatrick, Dean of Arts, University of Winnipeg

Introduction: “Presenters, Conference Themes, and Divergent Voices,” Royden Loewen, University of Winnipeg

Invocation, Rev. Pam Driedger, Petitcodiac, NB


7:20-9:00: Melancholia and Mennonites in Literature

Chair: Royden Loewen, University of Winnipeg

Grace Kehler, McMaster University: “Representations of Melancholy and Martyrdom in Canadian Mennonite Literature.”

Brad Born, Bethel College: “When the Bruised Reed Breaks: The Art of Consolation in Four Mennonite Women’s Writing about Familial Mental Illness.”


Friday: 8:30-9:30: Contexts: British Quakers and Western Canada Psychiatrists

Chair: Grace Kehler, McMaster University

Barry Edginton, University of Winnipeg: “The Influence of British Quakers on the Treatment of Mental Illness."

Chris Dooley, York University: “The Shame of the State: From Asylum to Medicare in Western Canada.”


Coffee: 9:30-10:00


Friday: 10:00-11:45: Mental Illness in Europe: Anabaptist Radicals and ‘Russian’ Mennonites

Chair: Janis Thiessen, University of Winnipeg

William Klassen, Waterloo: “Duke Ferdinand vs Pilgram Marpeck: Lunatics or Preachers of Care.”

Helmut Huebert, Winnipeg: “The Story of Bethania in Russia: A Centennial Celebration.”

Elsie K. Neufeld, Abbotsford: “Madness in my Family’s Journey: Ukraine, Germany and Canada.”


Lunch 11:45-12:45


Friday: 12:45-2:30: Old Order Groups, Tradition and Mental Health

Chair: Tina Fehr Kehler, MCC Low German Services

Margaret Reimer Loewen, Kitchener ON: “Murder, Suicide and Mental Illness in a Manitoba Mennonite Village, 1902.”

Steve Nolt, Goshen College: “Old Order Mennonite Mental Health Care: A History.”

Judith C. Kulig and Ling Ling Fan, University of Lethbridge: “The Meaning of Suffering and Mental Well-Being among Low German-speaking Mennonites.”


Coffee: 2:30-3:00

Friday: 3:00-4:00: Russlaender Refugees and the Trauma of War

Chair: Maria Cheung, University of Manitoba

Hans Werner, University of Winnipeg: “Canada’s Expulsion of Mentally Traumatized Russlaender Immigrants.”

Elizabeth Krahn, University of Manitoba:Lifespan and Intergenerational Effects of Soviet Oppression: An Autoethnography of Mennonite Women and their Adult Children.”


Friday: 4:00-5:30 The Praxis of the Mennonite Practitioner

Chair: Vonda Plett, CMU

Irma Janzen, past program director, MCC

Randy Goosen, psychiatrist, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Carolyn Epp-Fransen, nurse, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Annie Wenger-Nabigon, psychotherapist, Laurentian University


Dinner Break: 5:30-7:30:


Friday: 7:30-9:30: Pioneering a Modern Era Mennonite Mental Health Ethos

Chair: John Friesen, CMU

Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Centre/Centre for MB Studies: “Canadian Conscientious Objectors and the Mental Hospital, 1939-1945.”

Titus Bender, Eastern Mennonite University: “The Mennonite Mental Health Movement and the Wider Society, 1942-1971.”

Aldred H. Neufeldt, University of Calgary (Toronto): “Mennonite Mental Health Services and an Ethos of Faith, 1947-1978.”

Saturday: 8:30-10:30: Mental Health and Canadian Churches

Chair: Irma Janzen, Fort Garry EMC Church

Glen Klassen, University of Manitoba and Charles N. Loewen, Winnipeg: “Eden Mental Health and the Evangelical Mennonite Conference.”

Ellen Paulley, University of Winnipeg (student): “Mental Illness in the MB Herald, Canadian Mennonite and Mennonite Mirror.”

Lucille Marr, University of McGill: “The Brethren in Christ and Mental Health.”

Ken Reddig, Eden Mental Health: “Bethesda Mental Hospital and Ontario Churches.”


Coffee 10:30-11:00


Saturday: 11:00-12:30: Diagnosing the Mennonite Mental Health Patient

Chair: Vonda Plett, CMU

John W. Elias, Saskatoon: “Love and Work:  Itinerant Perspectives on the Well-being of Mennonites in the Americas.”

John D. Friesen, UBC, and John Konrad, Abbotsford: “A Biopsychosocial Model of Depression Grounded in Personal Experiences".

Terence Hoorman, University of Winnipeg (student): “‘Mennonite Psychosis’ and Canadian Academia”


Lunch: 12:30-1:30


Saturday: 1:30-2:30: Children and Mental Health

Chair: Chris Dooley, York University

Erika Dyck, University of Saskatchewan: “Madness, Mennonites and Medicare: An Historical Look at the Mennonite Youth Farm in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.”

Allison Penner Harder, University of Winnipeg (student): “Attitudes to Children and Adults with Disabilities in Southern Manitoba: An Oral History.”


Coffee: 2:30-3:00


Saturday: 3:00-5:00: Critiquing and Celebrating Eden

Chair: Ken Reddig, Eden Mental Health Care Services

Bernie Loeppky, Eden, first CEO

Eckhard Goerz, Eden, former CEO

Pam Driedger, Eden, former chaplain

James Friesen, Eden, present CEO


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