When Mennonite Women USA called for an audit of Mennonite institutions in 2009, an opportunity for systemic change was created. After an examination of the numbers of women leaders in Mennonite institutions, it was clear that quantitative analysis was not enough. Thus Women in Leadership (WIL) was born.
WIL 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.
Women Doing Theology
Women Doing Theology conferences flow out of a history of Anabaptist theologians, ministers, teachers, activists, creatives and many others gathering together to do theological work born out of women’s experiences. As Anabaptists, we understand that our theology is most fully realized together — sharing and learning from our unique experiences with God and in life. Our theology is enriched and more deeply grounded as we listen, hold space, challenge, come into new awareness and practice presence together. The WIL began organizing Women Doing Theology conferences in 2014 and since that time, has hosted one every other year.
We invite you to save the date for Women Doing Theology 2020.
Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership has teamed up with The Mennonite, Inc., to produce Holding it(,) Together, a podcast that will delve into lives and experiences of people across Mennonite Church USA. We’ll connect with folks from all over the country: people living into the fullness of who God created them to be, people stepping out in faith and standing in their conviction, individuals who are doing their best, one day at a time, to love God and neighbor, midwifing new systems and new ways of being in the world.
I’ve Got the Power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, an essay collection from the 2016 Women Doing Theology Conference.
| Linda Gehman Peachey is a freelance writer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
She has a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women’s concerns and also served with her husband, Titus, as co-director of Peace and Justice Ministries. She and Titus have two adult daughters and enjoy visiting them in Chicago and Guatemala. She is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster.
|Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in North Newton, Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle, where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and American Indian studies and applies her schooling to social justice issues and how they affect Indigenous people.|
|Shannon Dycus is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she leads missional and faith formation ministries for the congregation. She is active with Faith in Indiana, a local PICO network of faith communities seeking justice and holds multiple leadership positions with Mennonite Church USA. Shannon has published articles for The Mennonite and Leader, and she has loved supporting MC USA convention worship planning the last few years. Before congregational, her ministry was teaching middle and high school students and directing after-school programs. Shannon holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Butler University and received her Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary where she continues to mentor students in The Discipleship Project. With a love for journeying with people, Shannon is completing certification as a Spiritual Director at San Francisco Theological Seminary. With her loving husband, Gregory, the Dycus family includes two energetic elementary-age boys. Shannon is a listener and a foodie. She loves live music and dancing. She believes in doing justice and creating space to breathe.||Maribel Ramírez Hinojosa is a clinical psychologist in College Station, Texas. She was born in Nuevo León, México and immigrated to central California in the 1980s where she and her family joined a Mennonite church. Her Anabaptist upbringing and her training as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist were instrumental in developing her passion for peace and justice. Maribel works with children, couples and families with varying mental health issues. Her goal is to help patients achieve a better state of being in order to arrive at an improved state of functioning. Maribel enjoys volunteering with Mennonite organizations and with organizations that promote music and the arts. She and her husband Felipe have two children, Samuel and Ariana, who keep them very busy. They enjoy traveling, dancing and laughing together.|
|Chantelle Todman Moore is co-founder of unlock Ngenuity a consulting, coaching and therapy business. Previously, she served as the Philadelphia program coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee and as a program director at both Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and Eastern University. Chantelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Community Development from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Business Administration in International Economic Development from Eastern University. She is also a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is passionate about embracing diversity and difference as a gift, seeking justice as a mandate and being moved to act by love. She lives in Philadelphia with her spouse, Sam, and their three daughters.||Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for people with and without intellectual disabilities who share daily life. Melissa and her spouse parent their three children in Durham, North Carolina.|