“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH  In each issue of Timbrel, a section called...
Becoming Light

Becoming Light

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post was originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH   I’ve been wandering on a long, winding...
I AM, a survivor’s prayer

I AM, a survivor’s prayer

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a poem by Barbra Graber, originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH   Lord, oh...
Lighting the Dark: Timbrel Magazine Covers Sexualized Violence

Lighting the Dark: Timbrel Magazine Covers Sexualized Violence

Editor’s Note: I was honored Timbrel Magazine Editor Claire DeBerg asked me to write on the topic of sexualized violence for the Spring 2014 issue. When I discovered my blog partners Hilary Jerome Scarsella and Barbra Graber were also writing powerful pieces for the issue, I thought Our Stories Untold needed to showcase...
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You Better Face It

You Better Face It

You better face it: God thinks you’re pretty wonderful. She didn’t push Adam and Eve out of the garden, they chose to walk out. You too have a choice: Will you accept the love of the Great Mother? Or will you continue to run? It doesn’t matter what you do, have done, will do. It...
Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part II

Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part II

Editor’s Note: The following is the 2nd post to a two-part series on the connections between heterosexism and sexualized violence by Stephanie Krehbiel. To see Part 1, click here. In this series Stephanie stresses why we cannot ignore race, class, or homosexuality in the conversation about sexualized violence. – RH Yesterday I explained how the umbrella...
Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part I

Why Heterosexism and Sexualized Violence are Linked, Part I

Editor’s Note: The following is a two-part series by Stephanie Krehbiel on the connections between heterosexism and sexualized violence. She stresses why we cannot ignore race, class, or homosexuality in the conversation about sexualized violence. Look for the second post tomorrow, which helps us better understand how we can change the violence we continue to...
A Way Forward: Sexual Abuse in the Church FAQ's

A Way Forward: Sexual Abuse in the Church FAQ’s

The members of the Mennonite Church USA Discernment Group convened to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in the wake of theologian John Howard Yoder’s abuse of women. The following are frequently asked questions about their work, used by permission from Mennonite Church USA. The original posting can be seen here. In 10 questions...
Seeing Us Through: Growth from All You Need Is Love

Seeing Us Through: Growth from All You Need Is Love

Attempting to reflect on what I experienced at the All You Need is Love: Honoring Diversity in Women’s Voices in Theology conference last week has been a challenge. Typically not lacking words, the conference left me without. I walked into the event grateful towards all who contributed monetarily so I could go, but also with a...
Abuse & Violence Within the Heterosexist Narrative: An Open Letter from Stephanie Krehbiel

Abuse & Violence Within the Heterosexist Narrative: An Open Letter from Stephanie Krehbiel

Editor’s Note:  Stephanie Krehbiel wrote the following to Ervin Stutzman (ervins@mennoniteusa.org) and the rest of the board in response to the  statement released by MC USA’s executive board meeting this past weekend. She draws correlation between sexualized violence and the violence of excluding from fellowship an entire population of God’s people for their God-given sexual preference.  We invite...
Jesus Loves Me. This I Know . . .  Even If I'm Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Abused

Jesus Loves Me. This I Know . . . Even If I’m Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Abused

When I was a child, my favorite song was “Jesus Loves Me.” I refused to sing any other song before mealtimes. It got to the point where my family quit praying before meals because they couldn’t handle hearing the catchy tune on repeat. How beautiful, that a child knows Jesus loves her… regardless. Jesus loves...
An Invitation for Written Prayers: Exposing and Undoing Sexualized Violence

An Invitation for Written Prayers: Exposing and Undoing Sexualized Violence

  Written by Hilary Jerome Scarsella Having each other’s words to lean on in the moments when we can’t come up with our own is a precious gift. If you would like to share with others the words you utter to the Divine in response to sexualized violence and all of the pain and healing...
f.l.y.

f.l.y.

Editor’s Note: The following piece was first published February 4, 2014  on Kristin’s blog “Praire Daize.” She also submitted a sexual abuse story to our stories section which can be seen here. no feeling is final. -rilke so, did you just remember these things? the question jarred me the first time. how strange. i couldn’t...
nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

 It’s so very difficult to put into words.  So when a poet hits the nail on the head it can take your breath away. That was the case when I first read Di Brandt’s poem non-resistance or love Mennonite style. Without this poem it seems our website is incomplete. Conversing with Di Brandt along the way...
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