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Celebrating Winter Solstice as Survivors of Darkness

Celebrating Winter Solstice as Survivors of Darkness

Happy Solstice, dearly beloveds. Today the Winter Solstice has ushered us past the longest night of the year. I think it’s incredibly appropriate that this day is near Christmas, the major holiday now not only celebrated by Christians across the world, but many seculars as well. Christmas is all about...
Seminary announces service to acknowledge harm from John Howard Yoder actions

Seminary announces service to acknowledge harm from John Howard Yoder actions

The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board of directors along with the president and administrative cabinet are taking steps to acknowledge institutional responsibility for the harm inflicted by John Howard Yoder’s sexual exploitation of women while employed at the seminary in the 1970s and 1980s, and for seminary leaders’ prolonged failure to intervene effectively....
Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

** This piece was originally posted at PinkMenno.org on July 10, 2014. Stay tuned for more reflections on this topic in the coming week. This is a strange time to be writing about Mennonites and sexuality. In less than a year, I’m scheduled to defend my dissertation on sexual diversity,...
Misconceptions and victim-blaming in Yoder coverage

Misconceptions and victim-blaming in Yoder coverage

    The decision of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., and Mennonite Church USA to revisit the legacy of our most influential 20th-century Mennonite theologian, John Howard Yoder, has resulted in articles and responses in our church periodicals and elsewhere. More will surely appear in the months to come. Therefore, I would like...
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The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

Two years ago today I chose to launch Our Stories Untold, a blog with the mission to collect stories of sexualized violence in the Mennonite Church, drawing awareness to this epidemic of violence that is happening all around us, to give a voice to the marginalized, and to bring spiritual healing to those who have...
It's Never Too Late: How Poetry Saved Me

It’s Never Too Late: How Poetry Saved Me

Butterfly in Reverse (a poem from my upcoming book, Memory Chose A Woman’s Body) I had wings. Once. They seemed no different than human hands until plucked. Reluctantly. Along the mantelpiece, beside a twenty dollar bill— the world, smut-stained; neither touchable, neither of them mine. Gone. Butterfly in reverse, ill pupa, inch worm at half...
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 “Three Windows, Three Women” highlights...
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 road of healing since that...
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 Lord. How can the sexualized...
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 the pieces. Today we have...
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...
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