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Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Representing the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, Dr. Cameron Altaras delivered the following speech at the Annual SNAP conference in Alexandria, Virginia on August 2, 2015. More than 300 survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities and their loved ones gathered to hear speakers from around the world who educated and inspired us to “protect the vulnerable and expose the truth”...
Pink Menno presents “On the Way: Dis-Covering Diversity” in Kansas City

Pink Menno presents “On the Way: Dis-Covering Diversity” in Kansas City

(Official Pink Menno press release) At the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) bi-annual convention (in Kansas City, MO), Pink Menno will convene a symposium focused on intersectionality. “On the Way: Dis-Covering Diversity” will be held in Pink Menno’s hospitality space in Room 2504B of the convention center, right around the corner from the Grand Ballroom on...
Breaking Open the Structure of Sexual Violence: An Interview with Ruth Krall

Breaking Open the Structure of Sexual Violence: An Interview with Ruth Krall

This interview originally appeared on Issue 2015, VOL. 69 of Mennonite Life, a Bethel College publication. I first encountered Ruth Krall’s work at the same time that many Mennonites did, in 2013, with the release of the third volume of her online series of books on religious sexual violence, The Elephants in God’s Living Room. That...
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...
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...
Celebrating Winter Solstice as Survivors of Darkness

Celebrating Winter Solstice as Survivors of Darkness

Happy Solstice, dearly beloveds. Today the Winter Solstice has ushered us past the longest night of the year. This darkest day is near Christmas, a day supposedly all about the cheer, the ho-ho-ho, the holly and mistletoe and kissing, and of course the joy of the birth of a Savior… But what about those of...
The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

The Power of Choice: Our Stories Untold Two-Year Anniversary

Two years ago today I chose to launch Our Stories Untold, a blog with the mission to collect stories of sexualized violence in the Mennonite Church, drawing awareness to this epidemic of violence that is happening all around us, to give a voice to the marginalized, and to bring spiritual healing to those who have...
nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

nonresistance, or love Mennonite style

 It’s so very difficult to put into words.  So when a poet hits the nail on the head it can take your breath away. That was the case when I first read Di Brandt’s poem non-resistance or love Mennonite style. Without this poem it seems our website is incomplete. Conversing with Di Brandt along the way...
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