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.

The WLP 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.

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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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Linda Linda 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.
 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.
 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). Maribel Ramírez Hinojosa is a clinical psychologist in College Station, Texas. She was born in Nuevo León, México and immigrated to central California in the 1980s where she and her family joined a Mennonite church. Her Anabaptist upbringing and her training as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist were instrumental in developing her passion for peace and justice. Maribel works with children, couples and families with varying mental health issues. Her goal is to help patients achieve a better state of being in order to arrive at an improved state of functioning. Maribel enjoys volunteering with Mennonite organizations and with organizations that promote music and the arts. She and her husband Felipe have two children, Samuel and Ariana, who keep them very busy. They enjoy traveling, dancing and laughing together.
Chantelle Todman Moore is co-founder of unlock Ngenuity a consulting, coaching and therapy business. Previously, she served as the Philadelphia program coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee and as a program director at both Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and Eastern University. Chantelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Community Development from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Business Administration in International Economic Development from Eastern University. She is also a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is passionate about embracing diversity and difference as a gift, seeking justice as a mandate and being moved to act by love. She lives in Philadelphia with her spouse, Sam, and their three daughters. Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for people with and without intellectual disabilities who share daily life. Melissa and her spouse parent their three children in Durham, North Carolina.