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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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.

AYNL_Cover_Front_2016MarchParticipants 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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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 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).
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 of Mennonite Central Committee as an intern and an advisory board member. Her educational background is in 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 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 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.
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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