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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]