Hope for the Future: Together for a time such as this

By Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — As participants arrived at Calvary Community Church (C3) on Feb. 2, it was clear that Hope for the Future (HFF) has created a uniquely safe space for people of color in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Bear hugs, deep sighs and prayers of thanksgiving overflowed […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Líderes de Esperanza para el Futuro piden cambios específicos de políticas y rendición de cuentas

[English] ELKHART, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. /Red Menonita de Misión/Agencia Menonita de Educación) — A modo de seguimiento de la quinta reunión anual de Esperanza para el Futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés), el comité de organización del encuentro envió soluciones sobre las políticas y recomendaciones para los líderes de las instituciones […]

Hope for the Future leaders call for specific policy changes, accountability

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) — Following up on the fifth annual Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering, the event’s planning committee has sent policy solutions and recommendations to leaders of Mennonite Church USA institutions to recruit, retain, train and educate board and staff members to undo racism and advance […]

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Se forma un panel para la prevención del abuso sexual

[English] (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — En respuesta a la Declaración para toda la iglesia sobre abuso sexual, la cual fue aprobada por la asamblea de delegados de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. en su convención bienal de este verano en Kansas City, el gabinete del personal de la junta ejecutiva ha conformado […]

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Sexual abuse prevention panel formed

[Español] (Mennonite Church USA) — In response to the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse, which was passed by the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA at its biennial convention in Kansas City this summer, the Executive Board staff Cabinet has called together a panel to continue the work of healing and prevention of sexual abuse […]

The summer of grief

Regina Shands Stoltzfus teaches in the Peace Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen College, where her courses include Race, Class and Ethnic Relations, Personal Violence and Healing, Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker, and Transforming Conflict and Violence.  She is co-founder of the Roots of Justice Anti-Oppression program (formerly Damascus Road).  This has been an […]

Service of lament and hope, wailing wall, churchwide statement to acknowledge sexual abuse

(Mennonite Church USA)—Naming sexual abuse, confessing complicity and taking steps to prevent future abuse will be key elements of Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention this summer, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The denomination’s Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church has planned for a public service of lament and […]