“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Call to Prayer for Sexual Healing
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...
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Exploring a past riddled with abuse and sexualized violence is not a pleasant task, nor is reading and writing about the dark pain that humans impose on other creatures of this world. It’s easy to get caught up in the misery and pain; to repeat the storyline of pain and sorrow through our minds until...
Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

“It only takes one person plowing a row to make a field, then others can follow knowing they aren’t the first or alone.” — Julia Kasdorf, from “Boustrophedon” Healing from sexual abuse after the shredding of a soul can’t be forced or figured out. Whether we work at this task as victim, survivor or compassionate advocate, it...
Call to Prayer Reminder: Deliver us from Denial

Call to Prayer Reminder: Deliver us from Denial

Sex offenders like to go to church. 93% describe themselves as religious. The most egregious sex offenders–those who have the most victims, the youngest victims and those who get away with it for the longest amount of time–are the ones most actively involved in their churches or synagogues. The offenders themselves tell researchers, “I like...
John Howard Yoder Discussion: A Lesson in Sensitivity & Victim-Blaming

John Howard Yoder Discussion: A Lesson in Sensitivity & Victim-Blaming

I’ve purposefully remained silent about the John Howard Yoder issue. But I was shocked yesterday to see a poll on the topic presented by The Mennonite. The Mennonite posted a statement of their conviction and are now letting people respond through a poll question: “It is appropriate for Mennonite Church USA to look again at...
A Big Thanks, Some Encouragement, and a Reminder to Pray

A Big Thanks, Some Encouragement, and a Reminder to Pray

Thank you, thank you to all who have joined our Call. And a special welcome to those who just signed on in August: Shana, Clair, Paulette, Beth, Josh, and Kirsten. Welcome. Here’s Kirsten’s encouraging comment: “I have worked with survivors of abuse and incest, and I was moved to tears when I read this. Please...
John Howard Yoder: A symbolic tip of the iceberg of sexism

John Howard Yoder: A symbolic tip of the iceberg of sexism

**Charletta Erb continues the discussion of John Howard Yoder and his abuses against women in the Mennonite Church. This is a cross-post from The Mennonite, originally published August 13, 2013.   At 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoons, I am committed to pray for sexual healing in the church as part of an invitation issued by...
The Intricate Labyrinth Towards Sexual Healing (& reminder for 3 PM call to prayer)

The Intricate Labyrinth Towards Sexual Healing (& reminder for 3 PM call to prayer)

“A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking A prayer labyrinth is a metaphor for our lifetimes: as we walk down our path, we do not necessarily know the...
Call to Prayer Reminder, Thursdays at 3:00

Call to Prayer Reminder, Thursdays at 3:00

Meet the Påfågelsöga, a beautiful red “peacock” butterfly from Sweden. We invite you to carry her image—- a symbol of beauty, transparency, and the miraculous powers of transformation— into your Call to Prayer for Sexual Healing today. Wherever you find yourself in the world, when your clocks say 3:00 pm, take ten minutes to sit quietly, breathe...
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