Community of Sisters for the Journey / Una Comunidad de Hermanas en el Camino

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Marta Castillo is a leadership minister […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]

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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 […]

#WeAreMenno: A new Mennonite communion liturgy addresses concerns of sexual abuse survivors

By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA)—For the past two years, a small group of Mennonite leaders has been gathering to reimagine the way Mennonite Church USA congregations practice communion based on the experiences and perspectives of victims of sexual abuse. This group grew out of a final project that Hilary Scarsella completed in 2012 […]

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 […]

Sister Care Expands to Member Care in Portland

Mennonite Women USA Sister Care Expands to Member Care in Portland Men join women for seminar By Joan Kropf Some came because their wives wanted them to, others because they are in leadership positions and their congregations encouraged them to. But the underlying reason men participated in a Member Care seminar for the first time […]