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Preventing sexual abuse in youth ministry

9.1. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Glen Guyton is Chief Operating Officer for Mennonite Church USA.  Maybe nothing better illustrates the need for clear boundary lines than the hymn by Thomas H. Troeger: “God marked a line and told the sea, its surging tides and waves were free to travel up the sloping strand, but not to overtake the land.” Even […]

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What I learned from ministry to social work

6.12. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]

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A note to pastors regarding sexual abuse

4.12. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

To pastors,  Abuse is a crime and a sin. Teaching healthy sexuality is an ongoing challenge for Mennonites. I was asked to co-teach a class for youth and realized how easy it would have been to avoid the lessons on this topic. To their credit, our youth were light-years ahead of us pastors and embraced […]

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Another ‘kairos’ moment for the church: Addressing sexual abuse

1.12. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Gordon Houser is the editor of The Mennonite magazine. Hannah Heinzekehr is the Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc. This editorial appeared in the October issue of The Mennonite. From Gordon It seems that issues arise in the Mennonite church at times that feel like “kairos” moments, moments of opportunity for change and for focus by the broader […]

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Statement from the Panel on Sexual Abuse

3.31. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

This statement originally ran on the Mennonite Church USA website.  In light of recent events, we hope to clarify our calling and our work: When the Delegate Assembly passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in Kansas City, July 2015, we as a church made several commitments. One of which named that we’ll “teach members […]

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An invitation from the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention

3.5. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

With increasing awareness of sexual abuse within Mennonite Church USA, the delegate body passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in July 2015. Behind this statement are too many situations that serve as stark reminders that leaders within our congregations and church institutions are humans who are capable of abusing their power and committing sexual […]

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