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Returning to our commitments: MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions … “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a […]

El Panel para la prevención del abuso sexual presenta los lineamientos para individuos no acreditados al final de su periodo de dos años de ejercicio

en inglés / English Obtenga el documento “Prevención y repuesta: abuso sexual y los individuos no acreditados”.   (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) —En la reunión conjunta de la junta ejecutiva y el Concilio de líderes constituyentes en abril, los miembros del Panel para la prevención del abuso sexual, Anna Groff, Nancy Kauffmann y Jenny […]

Women in Leadership presents Dismantling Patriarchy: Hard work, but not impossible

  (Mennonite Church USA) — “Welcome to the first ever training on dismantling patriarchy and undoing sexism designed for congregations, conferences, leaders and staff across Mennonite Church USA,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator for the office of Women in Leadership for MC USA. A group of 20 people (participants and facilitators) gathered at MCC’s The Welcoming Place […]

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

en español Read the document “Prevention and Response: Sexual Abuse and Non-Credentialed Individuals.”   (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 […]

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 […]