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 […]

Reflections on the Anabaptist Women Doing Theology conference

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies, combining theory and practice. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

Love is a Verb: I love myself — a story of revolution

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This article originally appeared in the fall issue of Mennonite Women USA’s Timbrel magazine. When my spouse Jake and I decided to marry back in 2001, we knew we weren’t ready to “build our family” quite yet. We […]

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Mennonite women claim power and celebrate diversity at second Women Doing Theology conference

By Janie Beck Kreider LEESBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – For Chantelle Todman Moore, Mennonite Church USA’s second Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference was a rare experience in a denominational setting where she “didn’t feel tokenized” as an African-American woman. “But even in this space of progress where things are moving, I know it gets […]

I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. Dear friends, I can’t tell you how excited I am to gather together with Anabaptist/Mennonite women from across the United States and Canada to learn and listen, challenge and grow at the Women in Leadership Project’s second Women […]

Women Doing Theology conference speakers announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Registration is open for I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, the second Women Doing Theology conference of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project (WLP). The event will be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Planners hope […]

I’ve got the power! Tap into the power inside you

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. There was a time in my life where I didn’t recognize that I had much power at all. For a significant portion of my formative years and young adulthood, when I evaluated my position – my status in […]

Dare to be vulnerable

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This piece originally appeared in the May issue of The Mennonite for its Leadership column. “Why are you so worked up?” “Let’s not get so excited here.” “Don’t get all emotional, now.” “Her emotions are so unprofessional.” These […]