“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
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A Year in the Making: 1 Year Anniversary of Our Stories Untold & Hopes for the Future

A Year in the Making: 1 Year Anniversary of Our Stories Untold & Hopes for the Future

It’s been one year today since the launch of Our Stories Untold. When I chose to pursue this Website I didn’t know what to expect. Deep inside I understood this was something I had to do, for both my personal healing and for others who I knew were out there. I’ve never felt so powerfully...
Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence

This is the third in a Sojourners series on sexualized violence in Christian communities. Looking at Our Stories Untold, as well as other individuals and organizations creating an awareness about sexualized violence in Christian communities, this piece offers hope and joy in those taking this issue seriously.  This piece has been re-posted to Our Stories Untold with permission. To see the...
My Untold Story

My Untold Story

I first read this story at an open mic night in April 2013 at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa. The theme of the evening was violence against women, and it was the first time this story had ever been shared in written or spoken form. There were a lot of tears on that...
'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church

‘I Believe You:’ The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church

This piece has been re-posted to Our Stories Untold with permission. It is the first in a Sojourners series on sexual violence in Christian communities. To see the article in full, please click over to Sojourners site. Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian,...
Rape, Facebook, and the Feminine Divine: Reclaiming our Feminine Power

Rape, Facebook, and the Feminine Divine: Reclaiming our Feminine Power

Two years ago, I left my long-time career and began work to empower women and girls through the Divine Feminine.  About 6 months ago, I veered out a bit to help tackle rape culture on Facebook. Last month, I began to receive death and rape threats as a result of that work.  Today I bring...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 3

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 3

This is my last post in a series of three dealing with sexual abuse and Christian spirituality. You can see the first post here, and the second post here. I wrote these as a way to process some of what I’ve been noticing as I work with women in the Church who have experienced sexual violence...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 2

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 2

This post is my second in a series of three posts dealing with sexual abuse and Christian spirituality. In my first post I talked about ways that certain Christian messages tend to create stumbling blocks for those striving to heal from the trauma of abuse, and I listed a couple of ideas to keep in mind...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 1

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 1

This series of cross-posts by Hilary Jerome Scarsella originally appeared on the State of Formation Website.  Recently, I’ve spent a lot time with Christian women striving to heal from abuse and from damaging messages they learned from their experiences of church, faith, and religion. I want to talk about the ways that seemingly harmless messages from religious...
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