Women in Leadership Project

Origins of Project

WLPLogoSwirlsWhen Mennonite Women USA called for an audit of Mennonite institutions in 2009, an opportunity for systemic change was created. After an examination of the numbers of women leaders in Mennonite institutions, it was clear that quantitative analysis was not enough. Thus the Women in Leadership Project (WLP) was born—an initiative to name and transform sexism in Mennonite Church USA.

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Women Doing Theology


AYNL_Cover_Front_2016MarchFirst WDT conference: On Feb. 20–22, 2014, the Women in Leadership Project hosted a Women Doing Theology conference. All You Need is Love: Honoring the diversity of women’s voices in theology was held in Leesburg, Virginia, with almost 200 women in attendance. Through worship, workshops, paper presentations, large group conversations, circle groups and a slam poetry open mic women embodied their theology.
Participants did not talk about an easy love that tries to gloss over pain, suffering, anger and injustice. They wrestled with what it means to be a Christian community that holds all of these tensions and complexities. A collection of presentations from the conference is now available.

Collection of papers

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Second WDT conference: On Nov. 4-6, 2016, the WLP organized its second WDT conference, I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Over 150 women attended.
Our conversations and presentations focused on the topic of power. Together as Christians and peacemakers, we explored together what it means to recognize the power we possess and how scary it can feel to exercise that power. We journeyed beyond simply recognizing power and took steps towards embracing it — acknowledging that the Spirit of God can and will work in and through us as we do.


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LindaLinda Gehman Peachey is a freelance writer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
She has a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women’s concerns and also served with her husband, Titus, as co-director of Peace and Justice Ministries. She and Titus have two adult daughters and enjoy visiting them in Chicago and Guatemala. She is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster.
2015 7 27 ShandsStoltzfus_Regina15Regina Shands Stoltzfus teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen (Indiana) 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 Process (formerly the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process).
Erica_LittlewolfErica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in North Newton, Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle, where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and American Indian studies and applies her schooling to social justice issues and how they affect Indigenous people.