Service of lament and hope, wailing wall, churchwide statement to acknowledge sexual abuse

(Mennonite Church USA)—Naming sexual abuse, confessing complicity and taking steps to prevent future abuse will be key elements of Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention this summer, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The denomination’s Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church has planned for a public service of lament and […]

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KC2015 offerings to support sexual abuse survivors, Racial/Ethnic leadership education

[Español] By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — At every Mennonite Church USA convention, an offering is received to support a particular ministry or initiative of the church. This summer in Kansas City, convention goers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Care and Prevention Fund established through Mennonite Church USA by the Discernment […]

Discernment Group Update

The Discernment Group, convened by Mennonite Church USA to address issues related to sexual abuse, has been working hard on multiple fronts. The group met on June 3 in Elkhart, Ind. Carolyn Holderread Heggen, who serves as an advisor to the group, was able to join us for the entire meeting. We also conferred with […]

A Way Forward

By Ervin Stutzman In August 2013, I announced the formation of a Discernment Group—six persons who agreed to guide our church as we seek to work redemptively with the complexities of sexual abuse and the legacy of John Howard Yoder. The group’s commitment is to reinvigorate a church-wide resolve to address the harm caused by […]

Historian to examine church’s response to John Howard Yoder’s abuse of women

A Mennonite Church USA discernment group was formed in August 2013 to continue healing and reconciliation work in the wake of John Howard Yoder’s (JHY) abuse of women and some ongoing questions about how the church responded to it. This is one of the stated goals: In light of the reality that many and varied […]