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Barbra is Saying Goodbye after Four Remarkable Years

Barbra is Saying Goodbye after Four Remarkable Years

Dear OSU friends, I’m deeply saddened to announce that it has become necessary for me to move on from my position as Editor of Our Stories Untold. Although it will be a relief to pull back from what has recently become an all too full plate of responsibilities, I will so miss the vibrant, growing...
Embodied, embedded knowing: A farewell to Our Stories Untold

Embodied, embedded knowing: A farewell to Our Stories Untold

After launching this blog on June 5, 2012 and spending nearly 4 years working for awareness and healing around the topic of sexualized violence in the Mennonite Church, it is time for me (Rachel Halder) to step down from this blog so I can step up to other projects that life presents. When I had...
How storytelling helped me heal | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 5

How storytelling helped me heal | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 5

<—– This is a photo of the trees and me being supermodel Awesome. Down below is a video (vlog post) of the trees and me being not supermodel but superhero AWESOME. Seriously. One year ago there was NO WAY you would have found me talking this openly about my story of sexual abuse and/or sexual identity....
Self-Care: Indulgence or Preservation? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 4

Self-Care: Indulgence or Preservation? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 4

Have you heard the term self-care mentioned a time or two? How does it make you feel? Do you shrug your shoulders and say, “Self-care? Who on earth has time for that?!” Many people in the Christian and activist world lack a self-care discipline. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard people speak...
What is compassion, anyway? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 3

What is compassion, anyway? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 3

Have you ever thought about compassion? I mean, reallllly thought about it? Have you considered the line Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and rather than use it to justify how we treat others, look at it as a reflection of how we treat ourselves? Most of us, especially Christians that I know, live life...
Exploring Identity: Who Am I? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 2

Exploring Identity: Who Am I? | Healing from Sexual Abuse Vlog, Ep. 2

Thank you everyone for your support, kind words, and thoughts that were shared yesterday. I felt so loved and held by this amazing community. If you didn’t see yesterday’s vlog on vulnerability, it’s not too late to check it out here. As I mention at the beginning of today’s vlog, these videos are for everyone, not...
Video Vulnerability | Healing from Sexual Abuse, Ep.1

Video Vulnerability | Healing from Sexual Abuse, Ep.1

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this for the past 24+ hours. To say that it is embarrassing is an understatement. I showed my closest friend the video below, asking their honest opinion on whether or not I should launch a vlogging (video blog) series for Our Stories Untold, and proceeded to hide...
Counting Myself Out: Am I a Christian? (or, "How I Got in Bed with Jesus")

Counting Myself Out: Am I a Christian? (or, “How I Got in Bed with Jesus”)

*This is a cross-post from Rae‘s new blog “Heart of Thought,” which she began “in response to reading about theology, philosophy, and experiences of god without getting the opportunity to theologize, philosophize, and talk about my own daily experiences with god.” This particular piece appeared on October 29, 2015. You can find more blog entries...
Lament for the institutionalized church: Trauma, rage, and hope from Kansas City

Lament for the institutionalized church: Trauma, rage, and hope from Kansas City

Rae wrote a version of this piece, originally posted on Facebook, late on Friday, July 3, after attending the Mennonite Church USA’s “Service of Lament and Hope” for survivors of sexual abuse. The service came a day after MCUSA delegates passed two seemingly contradictory resolutions related to LGBTQ bodies. One, the “Resolution on Forbearance in...
Our Stories Untold at Kansas City

Our Stories Untold at Kansas City

Are you going to be at convention next week? Our Stories Untold—also known as Barbra, Hilary, and myself—is extremely excited to be present in a large way at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City June 30 through July 5. We want you to be aware of our involvement and to feel free to...
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