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Mennonite Church USA issues response to DSA report, shares findings and recommendations

By Janie Beck Kreider “…so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.” –Vision for Healing and Hope, Mennonite Church USA From Executive Board staff representatives – Ervin Stutzman, Iris de Leόn-Hartshorn, Terry Shue – of Mennonite Church USA: As Mennonite Church USA, we value and aspire daily to be a vessel […]

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Process planned for pursuing outside investigation into Hartman situation

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — Mennonite Church USA leaders have outlined a process for proceeding with a voluntary independent outside investigation into responses by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU); Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC); and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse allegations against Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at EMU […]

Reflections on Sexual Abuse Prevention and Mennonite Church USA

In light of the swirl of online communication regarding Luke Hartman, we think it is appropriate to speak on behalf of the board and staff of Mennonite Church USA. First of all, we want to reiterate our commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse, as outlined in the statement which was passed by our 2015 […]

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Statement from the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention

In light of recent events, we hope to clarify our calling and our work: When the Delegate Assembly passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in Kansas City, July 2015, we as a church made several commitments. One of which named that we’ll “teach members the realities of sexualized violence, especially by church leaders or […]

An invitation from the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention

With increasing awareness of sexual abuse within Mennonite Church USA, the delegate body passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in July of 2015. Behind this statement are too many situations that serve as stark reminders that leaders within our congregations and church institutions are humans who are capable of abusing their power and committing […]

#WeAreMenno: Preventing child abuse, the work of the church

Anna Groff began as executive director of Dove’s Nest on August 1. She works from her home in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, Brian Miller, and one-year-old daughter, Ella. When I share with people about my new role with Dove’s Nest, I hear everything from, “I thought child protection policies were required […]

Delegates unanimously approve Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) – Delegates approved the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse with nearly unanimous support during their morning session on Friday, July 3. To open the session, Moderator Elizabeth Soto Albrecht reminded delegates that this was an important issue and a harmful one. She observed that there were survivors of sexual […]

Executive Board lays groundwork for summer Delegate Assembly

[Español] (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) met April 6–8 in Kansas City, Mo., to prepare agenda for delegates to process at this summer’s Delegate Assembly in Kansas City (June 30–July 5), update the goals in the Purposeful Plan, and discuss the possibility of having fraternal or associate relationships within Mennonite Church USA […]