Friday, December 21, 2007

Healing touch, Cuban medicine, Hoosier basketball and immigrant experiences among spring lecture series for seniors


GOSHEN, Ind. – The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) of Elkhart County invites the public to a free six-part series of lectures at Greencroft Senior Center in Goshen on Wednesdays from Jan. 23-Feb. 27. The lectures are from 1:30-2:30 p.m.


The presenters and topics are:


Jan. 23: Janice Luckenbill speaking on “Healing Touch/Energy Therapy.” What is it? Does it work? An RN/educator’s search into energy therapy and its role in the healing of disease, emotional distress and spiritual conflict.


Jan. 30: Gordon Gerson speaking on “The Medical Delivery System in Cuba.” With experience in about 60 countries, sometimes working under the World Health Organization, Dr. Gerson will focus on both the achievements and limitations of Cuba's health system as he encountered them from 1998 to 2002.


Feb. 6: Sam Troyer speaking on “You Can Go Home Again.” Troyer will relate his unusual journey from Amish roots to military service, dramatic moments of revelation and then back to his peace church heritage and pastoral leadership.


Feb. 13: Lisa Guedea Carreño, and Tito and Rachel Guedea speaking on “Becoming ‘American’ – An Intergenerational Dialogue on Immigration.” One family will share their personal experience with cultural identity, assimilation and minority status in the country that has been called both a nation of immigrants and a multicultural melting pot.


Feb. 20: John Preheim speaking on “Hoosier Hysteria.” Preheim will share stories and trivia from the good old days of Indiana high school basketball. Famous names and games, as well as gym and school nicknames selected from the more than 400 that Preheim has visited.


Feb. 27: Sreekala Rajagopalan speaking on “My Journey as an Immigrant in the New World.” This is a story of a woman who 35 years ago came from India with her two little daughters. Educated and upper middle class, yet also naive, Rajagopalan had only family and good friends to depend on, and no job.


         The LLI of Elkhart County is jointly sponsored by Goshen College and Greencroft Goshen. It is a member of The Elderhostel Institute Network. Directors are Wilbur and Fanni Birky, Goshen.


         In case of inclement weather, the Senior Center follows the weather-related closing of Goshen Community Schools.


Editors: For more information about this release contact John Bender, Greencroft Retirement Communities Public Relations Director, (574) 537-4017,




Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit


Greencroft Retirement Communities, established in 1962, operates housing and services in Goshen and Middlebury, Ind., and manages Southfield Village in South Bend. Residents from 20 faith traditions reside in Greencroft communities. Greencroft Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by MHS Alliance. Visit

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