MC USA collecting funds for two projects
Mennonite Church USA will collect donations at its convention in Kansas City for funds to compensate victims of sexual abuse by church leaders and to support leadership education among racial-ethnic groups.
People who were sexually abused by the late theologian John Howard Yoder, or by another credentialed leader, and who have incurred significant financial cost to seek healing, will be invited to submit reimbursement requests to the Care and Prevention Fund by Aug. 31.
The fund is also designed to assist in the prevention of sexual abuse. A portion of the contributions will go to ministries that care for victims or work to prevent abuse, such as Mennonite Women USA’s Sister Care, the Women in Leadership Project and Dove’s Nest, an organization that works to keep children and youth safe from abuse.
Donations to the Care and Prevention Fund will be collected during the July 1 adult worship offering and the July 3 youth worship offering at the convention. Donations also will be accepted through Aug. 31 by mail at Mennonite Church USA, 718 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.
Confidential requests for reimbursement can be submitted to Regina Shands Stoltzfus at email@example.com or Linda Gehman Peachey at 717-299-5481, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617 S. Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602.
The Racial/Ethnic Leadership Education fund dates back to the 1985 Mennonite Church convention in Ames, Iowa, and is administered by Mennonite Education Agency. MEA has a goal of receiving $20,000 at the July 5 closing worship service to support initiatives assisting Hispanic, African American and Native American groups.
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