By Ann Leaman
Ohio Conference
Resource Advocate

This month I would like to highlight a new Sunday school resource from Mennonite Central Committee and RAWtools, as well as a webinar from Anabaptist Disabilities Network and Everence.


How do we respond to violence in our homes and churches? Does our faith have anything to say about how we understand safety and how we put into practice habits of safekeeping in our homes, churches and communities?

MCC U.S. and RAWtools have partnered on a Sunday school curriculum designed to help congregations consider the balance of physical safety with a commitment to nonviolence in the face of active violence.

The 12-week study guide is titled FEAR NOT: Creating a plan to respond to active violence. This curriculum can guide congregations to consider what they believe about situations of active violence and how they can respond effectively and faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ.

The goal of this curriculum is not to prescribe answers but rather to raise important questions that will propel a congregation toward making a plan for its unique context.

This free curriculum can be downloaded at

After We’re Gone

Caring for someone who is dependent due to a significant disability is a major responsibility. Making provisions for that person’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being after the death of the caregiver can be complex and confusing.

On March 31 Anabaptist Disbilities Network (ADN) and Everence offered a webinar which focused on these issues. The webinar, titled After We’re Gone: Disabilities and Estate Planning, featured Dennis LeFevre, Jennifer Lyle, Jeanne Davies (ADN executive director), Lyle Miller (Everence), and Mitchell Stutzman (Everence, ADN Board of Directors). To view a recording of this webinar, go to