Love is a Verb: A place I found healing

Jennifer Delanty is a member of Seattle Mennonite Church and mother of four young adults, all in their 20s. She enjoys writing, cats, traveling, African-American history and counting the many blessings of her three-generation household. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; […]

What I learned … from ministry to social work

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]

Sexual abuse is not a “Catholic problem”

Anna Groff is chair of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention and the executive director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe. I encourage you to watch the movie Spotlight with your friends, small group or Sunday school class. Not only is it an incredible movie, but it can lead to eye-opening […]

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Mennonite Church USA contracts with D. Stafford and Associates for Hartman investigation

(Mennonite Church USA) — Representatives from Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff have contracted with D. Stafford and Associates (DSA) to conduct an investigation into responses by Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC); and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse allegations against Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) […]

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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 […]

Places where our children find safety

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I appreciated the reflection on “When Abusers Have Done a Lot of Good” by Alan Stucky posted on Doves’ Nest. He talks about the trap we can so easily fall into when the person who has abused is someone who has been known “to do […]

Reflections on Sexual Abuse Prevention and Mennonite Church USA

In light of the swirl of online communication regarding Luke Hartman, we think it is appropriate to speak on behalf of the board and staff of Mennonite Church USA. First of all, we want to reiterate our commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse, as outlined in the statement which was passed by our 2015 […]

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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 […]

Hair that wasn’t there before; a celebration of the body

Jenny Castro is a communications associate and the coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This article first appeared in Timbrel magazine, a publication of Mennonite Women USA.   A few weeks ago my son came up to me while I was cooking, raised his arm in the air and lifted […]