Statement of lament regarding sexual abuse in Mennonite Church USA

Elizabeth Soto Albrecht and Ervin Stutzman shared these words of lament with the Delegate Assembly at Kansas City on July 3, 2015.   We believe the resolution before us represents a long step in the right direction, an acknowledgement of God’s call to let God’s healing and hope flow through our dear Church in a […]

An invitation for victims of abuse to submit requests for reimbursement

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA The Discernment Group working to care for victims of sexual abuse and to advocate against sexual abuse in the Mennonite Church has established a Care and Prevention Fund with Mennonite Church USA. The purpose of the fund is threefold: 1) to recompense, at least in some […]

A sincere thank you

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA As a convener of the Discernment Group, I read, along with many of you, “The failure to bind and loose” (January 2015 The Mennonite) and the much longer “’Defanging the Beast,’: Mennonite responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse” (January 2015, Mennonite Quarterly Review ). Historian […]

A portrait of credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA Holidays like Christmas often bring families together. And when families get together, photos are often a part of the interaction. I’m particularly intrigued by family portraits, whether formal or informal. You’ve surely had the experience of gazing at a family portrait taken years ago and marveling […]

A community of communities

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA “A community of communities engaged in God’s mission”–that’s the byline for Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va. Not long after this byline was introduced, Pastor Phil Kniss used a series of sermons to explain its meaning for the congregation. In his view, the congregation is […]

A Shared[?] Understanding of Church Leadership

Ervin Stutzman is the Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA.  Last month, I wrote about a new polity statement of particular interest to church leaders, A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership: Polity Manual for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. It is intended to replace the current guidelines, A Mennonite Polity for Ministerial Leadership: […]

A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership

Ervin Stutzman is the Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA.  As you read this, the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) is the midst of meetings togetherin Chicago. During this gathering, they will discuss several matters of vital importance to credentialed ministers. For one, they will review some preliminary results of the survey of credentialed ministers across […]

Why we want to hear from you: The primacy of local congregations

By Ervin Stutzman “The church exists as a community of believers in the local congregation, as a community of congregations, and as the worldwide community of faith.”  Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, p. 40 Most of us experience “church” on many different levels. For example, we may feel the presence of God’s Spirit […]