“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

We are pleased to feature David Hayward, a graffiti artist and blogger otherwise known as nakedpastor. On a recent blog post, he explains how he was inspired to draw this cartoon after reading Sharon Detweiler’s untold story on our website. It powerfully illustrates how patriarchal systems create, nurture, protect and defend the abuse of women and children.  Boys and young men...
Unpacking the lies: What being queer has to do with sexual abuse

Unpacking the lies: What being queer has to do with sexual abuse

In the past week two major Mennonite news items were released into the web-sphere: the long-awaited January edition of the Mennonite Quarterly Review devoted to sexual abuse in the Mennonite Church and particularly focused on John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women in the church and, secondly, the Mennonite Church USA...
John Howard Yoder: My Untold Story after 36 years of Silence

John Howard Yoder: My Untold Story after 36 years of Silence

  To Rachel Waltner Goosen, whose historical overview in The Mennonite meticulously recounts John Howard Yoder’s true legacy, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your literary piece is masterful. But as I read your article on this quiet Sunday morning, I find my hands shaking, my heart beating faster, and...
Feminist organizing challenge institutions’ silence on Yoder

Feminist organizing challenge institutions’ silence on Yoder

In the new issue of Mennonite Quarterly Review, five essays look at John Howard Yoder’s systematic project of sexual harassment and abuse of women. Unless otherwise noted, the articles named below are part of the issue. Rachel Waltner Goossen’s essay “‘Defanging the Beast': Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse” is...
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The failure to bind and loose: Responses to Yoder’s sexual abuse

The failure to bind and loose: Responses to Yoder’s sexual abuse

Note from the Editor: This piece is cross-posted from The Mennonite, which excerpted it from a longer article, “’Defanging the Beast’: Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 89 (January), based on newly available documents and interviews with 29 individuals. Readers interested in Goossen’s work in its entirety, including documentation for...
Accepting reality: Putting child sexual abuse on our radar

Accepting reality: Putting child sexual abuse on our radar

In 1985, after weeks of intensive training, I started volunteering at the Los Angeles Rape Hotline (taking calls, accompanying victims to court, etc). After about a year on the job, it started getting to me. Every time a call came in I felt like the victim’s voice (telling me yet another horror) went through my...
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. This darkest day is near Christmas, a day supposedly all about the cheer, the ho-ho-ho, the holly and mistletoe and kissing, and of course the joy of the birth of a Savior… But what about those of...
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. An extensive historical account of...
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, LGBTQ Anabaptist activism, and the...
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 to share several concerns. In...
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...
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