Peacebuilding

As a denomination that seeks to extend peace and dismantle oppression and violence in our communities, Mennonite Church USA has peacebuilding initiatives and programs.

 

This work includes:

 

Undoing racism and advancing Intercultural Transformation

Racism, antipathy and alienation among different cultural groups stand in the way of Christ’s kingdom of love, justice and peace. As missional communities we will seek to dismantle individual and systemic racism in our church (from the Purposeful Plan).

 

Immigration justice and advocacy

We advocate for just and humane immigration policies for immigrants and refugees, and we empower congregations, area conferences and denominational staff to serve as advocates for these vulnerable groups of people (from the Churchwide Statement on Immigration).

 

Dismantling patriarchy

Women in Leadership works to dismantle patriarchal systems in Mennonite Church USA by empowering women to live out the call of God on their lives, increase their capacities, and contribute their wisdom in congregations, area conferences, agencies and institutions.

 

Sexual abuse response and prevention

We resolve to tell the truth about sexual abuse; hold abusers accountable; acknowledge the seriousness of their sin; listen with care to those who have been wounded; protect vulnerable persons from injury; work restoratively for justice; and hold out hope that wounds will be healed, forgiveness offered, and relationships established or reestablished in healthy ways (from the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse).

 

Creation care and climate justice

Members of Mennonite Church USA commit to growing in their dedication to care for God’s creation as an essential part of the good news of Jesus Christ (from the Creation Care Resolution for Mennonite Church USA). As stewards of God’s earth, we are called to care for the earth and to bring rest and renewal to the land and everything that lives on it (from the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective).

 

Israel/Palestine Initiatives

As followers of Jesus and his gospel of reconciliation, we long for peace, security, and the well being of all people living in Israel and Palestine (from Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine: A Resolution for Mennonite Church USA).

 

 

 


 

Sue Park-Hur

Sue Park-Hur is the director of Denominational Minister of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. In this role, she coordinates initiatives and programs related to the churchwide priority of Undoing Racism and Advancing Intercultural Transformation. Her work includes supervising the Women in Leadership Project.