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Israel-Palestine Resolution revision available for review

  UPDATE: The Review process for the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine resolution has been completed. This final version of the resolution, which will be considered by the Delegate Assembly in Orlando this summer, can be found here.   (Mennonite Church USA) – A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: André Gingerich Stoner of South Bend, Indiana, resigned from his role as director of Holistic Witness on Aug. 1. He will continue in a half-time role as director of Interchurch Relations with several special assignments for the […]

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Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention Sets Priorities for the Future

(Mennonite Church USA) – On August 26-27, 2016, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention met together with Executive Board (EB) staff representatives in Elkhart, Indiana, to review the panel’s work over the past eight months, reflect on its role and relationship to denominational staff and determine priorities for its ongoing work. Ervin […]

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Mennonite Church USA contracts with D. Stafford and Associates for Hartman investigation

(Mennonite Church USA) — Representatives from Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff have contracted with D. Stafford and Associates (DSA) to conduct an investigation into responses by Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC); and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse allegations against Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) […]

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Panel terminates participation in investigation process

From the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention: Beginning in June, on behalf of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, Anna Groff (chair) has been working with representatives from the Executive Board staff (EB), Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) to select an outside organization to investigate institutional responses to allegations of abuse […]

La junta ejecutiva apoya al Panel para la prevención del abuso sexual y acepta la renuncia de Villegas

[English] Por Janie Beck Kreider ORLANDO, Florida (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Los miembros de la junta ejecutiva (JE) de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., el personal del gabinete y los líderes de las agencias se reunieron del 2 al 4 de junio en Orlando, Florida, para la tercera reunión del bienio 2015-17. […]

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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 […]

Executive Board supports Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention, accepts Villegas’s resignation

[Español] By Janie Beck Kreider ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) members, Cabinet staff and agency leaders gathered June 2–4 in Orlando, Florida, for the third meeting of the 2015–17 biennium. The EB passed a statement in support of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, accepted the resignation of […]

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 […]

Love is a Verb: Beauty for ashes

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work at Eastern Mennonite University. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics of social work and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of emancipatory hope in action and empowerment through holistic, therapeutic and […]