Women in Leadership Project

Origins of Project

When 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.

Download a brochure containing an overview of the Project:     English

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Second WDT conference: I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, to be held Nov. 4–6, 2016, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia.


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First 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. An offering of $2,600 was received during theconference to support the ongoing work of the Women in Leadership Project. The worship services from the conference are now available as printable resources online and a book project is being discussed with MennoMedia.


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Let’s dream together

Over the next few months the Women in Leadership Project will be casting vision and planning strategically for the future of the project.

Will you be a partner in this work?

Here’s what to do:

Take some time in reflective prayer and meditation and write, draw, sculpt, paint — whatever will unleash your creativity and help you to imagine the possibilities inspired by these question:

How can you imagine the church transformed through the work of the Women in Leadership Project?

What role will you play in this work?

Send your ideas to Jenny at jenniferc@mennoniteusa.org.

Below are a few responses:

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Steering Committee


LindaLinda Gehman Peachey is a free-lance writer, living in Lancaster PA.
She has an MDiv. degree from AMBS, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for MCC 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 St. Mennonite Church.
2015 7 27 ShandsStoltzfus_Regina15Regina 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).
MoniquaMoniqua Acosta has been a part of the Women in Leadership Project since 2012.  She has also been a part of the former Women’s Concerns desk as an intern and an advisory board member.  Her educational background is Social Work, with an emphasis on children and families.  She and Dionicio Acosta, are parents of three children, ages 15, 13 and 8.  She is currently a member of the New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church-Jesucristo Es El Senor, and has attended that church for the last 29 years.  Erica_LittlewolfErica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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.
Moeljono_AveaniAveani Moeljono is a writer and designer from Azusa, California. She graduated from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Christian Formation. She is an active leader at the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference and is a Steering Committee member for the Women in Leadership Project. Avie is married to Ruben Agus with two sons. She enjoys music, cooking, spending times with family and friends. Sandra PSandra Pérez is a member of the New York City oversight ministry team for Atlantic Coast Conference. She is a member of Manhattan (New York) Mennonite Fellowship. She works and serves across cultures, equipping church leaders with resources to build strong relationships across the broader Mennonite network.


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