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An open letter to AMBS re: the service of lament

An open letter to AMBS re: the service of lament

A service like the one you had at AMBS is an amazing undertaking. I’m sure it was difficult to plan, and as I’ve seen in your responses on social media, you knew from the start there was no trauma-and-harm-undoing magic answer. What you may already know is that a service like this also reverberates and...
To the Next Generation of Pacifist Theologians

To the Next Generation of Pacifist Theologians

 In a new book of essays by Yoderian theologians, edited by J. Denny Weaver and entitled “John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian,” peace and justice scholar and activist, Lisa Schirch writes an insightful Afterword. We are honored to republish it here.  Dr. Lisa Schirch is Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a Research Professor at...
Inviting survivors to collaborate in creating a new theology

Inviting survivors to collaborate in creating a new theology

In November 2014, Our Stories Untold attended Dove’s Nest’s “Protecting Our Children and Youth Conference” as both conference participants and speakers. OSU partner Hilary Jerome Scarsella, a doctoral candidate in theological studies at Vanderbilt University, led a seminar titled “Children, the Peace Position, and Vulnerability to Abuse.” I was completely blown away by much of...
A poem: The ice, five parts

A poem: The ice, five parts

Editor’s Note: The following poem was first published February 7, 2015, on Kristin’s blog “Praire Daize.” She explained on her original post that her blog has become a platform for her journey with ptsd following childhood sexual abuse–“While my writing isn’t explicit with abuse details, it offers a glimpse into the often pained path of moving on. Thanks for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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