Raising the bar, healthy boundaries and training the trainers

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. My backyard adjoins three of my neighbors’ properties, each one with a different type of boundary. One is a six-foot-high solid wooden fence; the other boundary is made up of nice groupings of trees and a grape trellis; and the third is a less […]

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Event equips ‘Healthy Boundaries’ trainers for the church

By Jenny Castro KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly 40 area conference ministers and representatives, pastors, denominational leaders, social workers, victim advocates and counselors from across Mennonite Church USA gathered May 10-11 in Kansas City for a “train the trainers” event organized by Mennonite Church USA staff members Iris de León Hartshorn, director […]

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Mennonite Church USA continues response to DSA report

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) staff are moving forward in their efforts to prevent abuse and strengthen accountability across the denomination. Following the D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) investigation into the responses of Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse complaints against former Eastern Mennonite University […]

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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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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 recommends investigation

From the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention In the interest of being transparent and diligent in our work as the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, we share the following update: Our panel formed in January 2016. We plan to meet May 14–15 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for our first in-person meeting. We chose this location due […]