Women Doing Theology 2018 call for papers

(Mennonite Church USA) — The planning committee for the third Women Doing Theology conference organized by Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) office of Women in Leadership (WIL) announces a call for papers and workshops. “We’re looking for both hour-long, hands-on workshops and 20-minute paper presentations,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of WIL. “In past years, this […]

MC USA leaders Journey Forward at spring meetings

By MC USA Communications staff, with Sheldon C. Good of The Mennonite and Paul Schrag of Mennonite World Review (Mennonite Church USA) — The MC USA Executive Board (EB) and Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met for joint meetings on April 11-14 at Dock Mennonite Academy, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Shannon Dycus led worship based on materials for […]

The Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presents guidelines for non-credentialed individuals at end of two-year term

  (Mennonite Church USA) — On Saturday, April 14, at the joint meeting of the Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council, Anna Groff, Nancy Kauffmann and Jenny Castro, members of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, presented guidelines for MC USA congregations and organizations to respond when non-credentialed individuals are accused of sexualized violence. Other […]

Holding it(,) Together podcast to feature people living and working out their faith

(Mennonite Church USA / The Mennonite, Inc.) — “Too often in the context of faith and lived experience, the stories we tell are stories of overcoming, of success,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership, in the first episode of Holding it(,) Together, a new podcast created in partnership with The […]

Catching glimpses through the fog

Jenny Castro is a communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. It was recently my birthday. Every year for the last 20 years, I’ve awaited the feeling of having arrived. I’ve anticipated the wisdom that comes with age, the confidence and the satisfaction of knowing. Every year I […]

MennoTalks: What I told my daughter

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

MennoTalk challenge to church: Honor gifts of women

by Erin Bradley for Mennonite Church USA Wednesday kicked off the first convention MennoTalk with a panel of five who paid tribute to 100 years of Mennonite women in the church. The five women discussed past personal and female accomplishments, struggles and celebrations. Alma Ovalle, who serves on the board of Mennonite Women USA, and […]

New voices speak into the work of the WLP

The Women in Leadership Project (WLP) is an initiative to empower women, in the fullness of who God created them to be, to live out their call in their local congregations and conferences across Mennonite Church USA and to actively contribute to our shared theology. The WLP works to dismantle patriarchy, in all its forms, […]

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Convention 2017 special offerings will benefit women’s ministries in the church

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Women’s ministry programs will be the beneficiaries of the special offerings at this summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando. Youth and adult offerings during the July 4-8 event will be shared between Mennonite Women USA, the Women in Leadership Project (WLP) and Sexual Abuse Prevention initiatives.   With Mennonite […]

Reflections on Empowering Parenting

Jenny Castro is a mother of three children, ages 12, 10 and seven. She is coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project and communications associate for Mennonite Church USA. She also serves on the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention for the denomination. Jenny is a member of San Antonio Mennonite Church. This post originally appeared […]