As a denomination that seeks to extend peace and dismantle oppression and violence in our communities, Mennonite Church USA has peacebuilding initiatives and programs.
This work includes:
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.
As a historic peace church, we seek to reinvigorate the collective voice against the destructive powers of militarism in our congregations and communities.
We advocate for just and humane immigration policies for immigrants and refugees, and we empower congregations, area conferences and denominational staff to serve as advocates for these vulnerable groups of people (from the Churchwide Statement on Immigration).
Women in Leadership works to dismantle patriarchal systems in Mennonite Church USA by empowering women to live out the call of God on their lives, increase their capacities, and contribute their wisdom in congregations, area conferences, agencies and institutions.
We resolve to tell the truth about sexual abuse; hold abusers accountable; acknowledge the seriousness of their sin; listen with care to those who have been wounded; protect vulnerable persons from injury; work restoratively for justice; and hold out hope that wounds will be healed, forgiveness offered, and relationships established or reestablished in healthy ways (from the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse).
Members of Mennonite Church USA commit to growing in their dedication to care for God’s creation as an essential part of the good news of Jesus Christ (from the Creation Care Resolution for Mennonite Church USA). As stewards of God’s earth, we are called to care for the earth and to bring rest and renewal to the land and everything that lives on it (from the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective).