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Videos, Books, and Articles Offering Information and Assistance



  • The Parish Nurse: Providing a Minister of Health for Your Congregation, Granger E. Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara, Augsburg Fortress, 1990 — Although this book was published many years ago, it remains a classic for outlining the theory behind the development of the idea of parish nursing.
  • Parish Nurse - Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities, Phyllis Ann Solari-Twadell and Mary Ann McDermott, eds., Sage, 1999
  • The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry, Deborah L. Patterson, The Pilgrim Press, 2003
  • Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care, Verna Brenner Carson and Harold G. Koenig, Templeton Press, 2011

Senior Living

Books by Emily Butler-Morton: Included in these books are the many ways to remain independent, whether living at home or other types of senior housing, guidelines to help decide when more assistance is needed, and resources available to help implement the decisions made.   Emily Butler-Morton is a resident of Virginia, author, senior advocate, and public speaker. She has a B.S. in Psychology/Family Studies, and Certificate in Gerontology.  The books were published in 2018 and can be ordered by contacting Emily at

Books Available:  Amazon price vs. ordering directly from the author

Get Ready, Get Set, Stay Put: A Guide for Aging at Home.  Listed on Amazon for $13.95.  Our price is $10.00
Care Enough to Keep Your Parents Safe.  Listed on Amazon for $15.95.  Our price is $12.00
Long Distance Caregiving.  Listed on Amazon for $11.95.  Our price is $8.00


Living Lutheran Articles

Love and Serving: Faith Community Nurses Care for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Faith Community Nurses promote health and wellness in congregations and also at churchwide and synod gatherings.

A Network of Care, by Lori Haugen
How two parish nurse collaborated between Maryland and Tucson, Arizona to help a family "facing dire health situations on both ends.

Holistic healing: Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit

Other Helpful Articles

Leading a Congregation Through Change
 This is very helpful article, written by Carol DeSchepper, our LFCNA Executive Director.  A must read for any congregation considering introducing a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Program. Click here to read the article

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