“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
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Who protects the flock? My encounter with an abusive pastor

Who protects the flock? My encounter with an abusive pastor

In what follows, Kay Ellen courageously tells of the abuse she experienced from her former pastor, Duane Yoder, and of the ways her communities of faith failed to hold him accountable. As you will learn from reading her own words, Kay has chosen to share her account publicly in order to help prevent this same...
We Are the Answer We've Been Waiting For

We Are the Answer We’ve Been Waiting For

This is part 6 in a series of posts by sexual violence survivors and advocates who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth posts by Stephanie Krehbiel, Lisa Schirch, and myself can be found at these links. In this last post of the series,...
A Timeline of What Happened in Harrisonburg: My View

A Timeline of What Happened in Harrisonburg: My View

This is part 5 in a series of posts by sexual violence survivors and advocates who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates. Barbra Graber, who has been in the thick of it since day one, today releases her take on the unfolding of the high...
An Advocate Responds to Concerns from Others at EMU

An Advocate Responds to Concerns from Others at EMU

SERIES INTRODUCTION: This is Part 4 in a series of posts by those who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates.  Lisa shares the personal and professional costs of advocating for victims and survivors of sexual violence. As a prolific public advocate, she responds to the criticisms, questions...
Opening Pandora's Box: how EMU'S DSA report carries on institutional patterns

Opening Pandora’s Box: how EMU’S DSA report carries on institutional patterns

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Survivor advocate Lisa Schirch’s voice provides Part 3 in this series of posts by those who want the opportunity to respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates (DSA).  Read Part 1 by Stephanie Krehbiel here and Part 2 by Lisa Schirch here.  Today Dr. Schirch provides her analysis of the wider context for the...
9 Remaining Questions on EMU's DSA Report

9 Remaining Questions on EMU’s DSA Report

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Lisa Schirch’s voice will provide the next three parts in this series of posts in which survivors and advocates respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU’s) hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates (DSA).  Read Stephanie Krehbiel’s Part 1 “Asking the Right Questions” here. Lisa’s Part 2 now asks 9 critical questions left unanswered by the published report of...
Asking the Right Questions: A Response to EMU's DSA Report

Asking the Right Questions: A Response to EMU’s DSA Report

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Stephanie Krehbiel’s voice provides the first in a series of posts by survivors and advocates who want the opportunity to respond to the recently released findings of Eastern Mennonite University’s hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates.  This year has been quite a ride and there’s a whole lot that hasn’t been said, needs to be said.  ...
Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

Controversies and Clarifications: What does it actually mean when OSU writers take a stand?

When I enter Mennonite spaces, friends, colleagues, and sometimes complete strangers regularly approach me and say, “I need to talk to you about Our Stories Untold.” Or sometimes it’s, “I need to talk to you about SNAP.” This opening line is followed by impassioned questions and expressions of concern, the most frequent of which are...
The Kindness of Strangers: A Fresh Air child hosted by Mennonites breaks her silence

The Kindness of Strangers: A Fresh Air child hosted by Mennonites breaks her silence

Editor’s Note: I met Janice Batts on Facebook messaging. She was very angry with the Mennonite Church. She was angry like Jesus-turning-over-tables-in-the-temple kind of angry. My good white Mennonite privilege was offended. I was repulsed by her anger and found myself judging it harshly. But I mustered up some self-righteous ‘care and kindness’ and asked whether I could pass...
72 Hours in Trump's America

72 Hours in Trump’s America

Less than 72 hours after learning that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, I have nothing coherent to say. What I have are fits and fragments of clarity that rise only momentarily to the surface of my grief before being swallowed again into the fog. Maybe fragmented clarity is what...
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