“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Healing
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
What’s to be done about John Howard Yoder?

What’s to be done about John Howard Yoder?

Note from the editor: In early June, responding to a book review written in The Mennonite, Barbra Graber created a Facebook note about John Howard Yoder’s abuses and what the church must do to work towards accountability and healing.  A lively discussion ensued and she continues to add to and revise the piece based on questions, discussion,...
I've been marked by grace

I’ve been marked by grace

Note from Editor Rachel Halder: I am honored to feature Marty Troyer’s story of male childhood sexual abuse on Our Stories Untold, the first story of its kind. Male sexual abuse, especially child abuse, is a problem that is live and well in our churches, yet isn’t addressed often enough. In fact, according to RAINN,...
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