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Six practices for safer Sunday school

9.9. 2019 Posted By: Anna Groff

In addition to ordering Sunday school curriculum and buying supplies for classrooms, take a few moments to consider steps to ensure safety for the Sunday school students at your church this fall. Equipping teachers with the information and tools they need ahead of time can go a long way in supporting a healthy environment for […]

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MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

10.8. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions… “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a place […]

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Talking about pornography as people of faith

6.7. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

When I was a student at a Mennonite high school, there was a succession of male students who publicly disclosed their past “struggles” with pornography in chapel talks. They usually said that through scripture, prayer and perhaps accountability with other male peers they overcame the temptation to continue to view pornography. As a young woman, […]

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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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