Journey Forward: Dim Sum

Glen Guyton in incoming executive director of Mennonite Church USA. A rough translation of the phrase dim sum means “touch the heart.” You may be familiar with the Cantonese style dining process in which an endless variety of little dishes or tins of food are brought out to be shared with friends and family. The […]

Talking about pornography as people of faith

Anna Groff is executive director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe. Anna studied journalism at Goshen (Indiana) College and received a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and two daughters. She is a member of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship […]

Sexual abuse is not a “Catholic problem”

Anna Groff is chair of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention and the executive director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe. I encourage you to watch the movie Spotlight with your friends, small group or Sunday school class. Not only is it an incredible movie, but it can lead to eye-opening […]

Places where our children find safety

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I appreciated the reflection on “When Abusers Have Done a Lot of Good” by Alan Stucky posted on Doves’ Nest. He talks about the trap we can so easily fall into when the person who has abused is someone who has been known “to do […]

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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 […]

Faith communities keeping children and youth safe

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. I am aware that some families and religious groups use the Bible to justify — even encourage — corporal punishment. In fact, according to […]

#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 […]

Grupo de discernimiento sobre abuso sexual y la iglesia finaliza su trabajo

Un nuevo grupo se está formando para abordar el abuso sexual dentro de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. [English] Por Jenny Castro (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — El Grupo de discernimiento sobre abuso sexual y la iglesia, un comité formado en el 2013 para abordar el doloroso y complejo legado de abuso sexual […]

Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church ends its work

New group is forming to address sexual abuse within Mennonite Church USA [Español] By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — The Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church, a committee formed in 2013 to address the painful and complex legacy of sexual abuse by renowned theologian and professor John Howard Yoder and the church’s […]

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Las ofrendas de KC2015 apoyarán a sobrevivientes de abuso sexual y a la educación para el liderazgo racial/étnico

[English] Por Jenny Castro (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — En todas las convenciones de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. se recibe una ofrenda para apoyar un ministerio o una iniciativa particular de la iglesia. Este verano, en Kansas City, quienes asistan a la convención tendrán la oportunidad de contribuir al Fondo de atención […]