Undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation is one of the seven priorities laid out in Mennonite Church USA’s Purposeful Plan, the document that guides our work as Executive Board staff.
The Purposeful Plan states,
“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. We will also seek to develop intercultural competence, which means that we intend to heal racial divisions, learn to live and work in a multicultural context, and value all the gifts of God’s diverse people. We envision people of many nations, tribes, people and languages as participants in the kingdom of God. We believe it is Jesus, pictured as the Lamb, who calls people together from all nations. (Acts 10, Galatians 3:25-29, Ephesians 2:15; Revelation 7:9, Article 9, 211 Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective).”
Iris de Leon-Hartshorn is the director 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.