Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

[read more]

Opinion: Stronger accountability makes the church safer

Sep 26, 2016 by

A Mennonite conference took action this summer to make the church a safer space by enhancing the accountability of its credentialed leaders. Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, which includes 33...

[read more]

Solicitation charge dismissed against former EMU VP

Mar 29, 2016 by and

A judge dismissed a charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman on March 29, roughly a week after a Harrisonburg, Va.,...

[read more]

$2 million lawsuit filed in Manitoba sex-abuse case

Mar 28, 2016 by

A Winnipeg, Man., woman who was sexually assaulted by a Mennonite Brethren youth pastor in 1996 has filed a $2 million lawsuit alleging his church fostered a climate that aided in the abuse of children. The...

[read more]

Tragic reminder

Feb 29, 2016 by

“Children are the living letters we send into a time we will never see.” This quote describes an adult’s sacred duty to care for a child. It is cited in Circle of Grace, a sexual-abuse prevention...

[read more]

Deceased Canadian pastor is accused of sexual misconduct

Sep 28, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct by a pastor who died 21 years ago. On Aug. 30, three Ontario congregations formerly served by Vernon Leis, the pastor...

[read more]

Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Jun 29, 2015 by

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.” Leaders of the...

[read more]