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A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

Sexualized violence doesn’t only hurt those directly victimized. It ripples out and causes all manner of harm to the families, loved ones, colleagues, and broader communities of both victim-survivors and perpetrators. While Our Stories Untold prioritizes survivors’ voices, those who are secondarily impacted need to be heard too so that we get a full picture of the...
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...
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...
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...
Sexual Abuse in Black Adolescence and Childhood

Sexual Abuse in Black Adolescence and Childhood

  This is the third post in OSU’s fall blog series on sexualized violence and race. Today’s post is offered by Kishundra D. King. She is both a crisis counselor who works with Black women and children survivors of abuse and a researcher who studies the same topic with respect to psychology and religion. Kishundra is someone who has a...
Abuse Databases and Religious Culture: A Catholic perspective on addressing abuse in the Church

Abuse Databases and Religious Culture: A Catholic perspective on addressing abuse in the Church

This is the third and last post in OSU’s current blog series on SNAP Mennonite’s MAP List (Mennonite Abuse Prevention List) and the broader issue of naming church workers (lay or ordained) who are credibly accused* of perpetrating sexualized violence. Today’s post is offered by Terry McKiernan, President of BishopAccountability.org, an organization focused on preserving a public record of sexual abuse and...
Why We Name Names

Why We Name Names

This is post 1 in OSU’s first blog series. Its theme is SNAP Mennonite’s MAP List (Mennonite Abuse Prevention List) and the broader issue of naming church workers (lay or ordained) who are credibly accused* (our definition below) of perpetrating sexualized violence. Check out the introduction to the series  to get a better grasp on what an OSU blog series...
The Perception of the Problem

The Perception of the Problem

Teach and model mutuality between men and women and challenge the ongoing legacy of patriarchy in the church. – From “What we will do…As church institutions,” in “Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse.” Passed by Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly, Kansas City, July 2015. Institutions are crowded. In noticing the crowds, we also notice the orientation...
Do Not Let Your Heart Beat Hope

Do Not Let Your Heart Beat Hope

“I’m going to destroy you, and I know exactly how.” That’s the sentence that started a two-year run for me, one from which I’m still recovering, of a feral, terrified, and isolated existence. That’s the sentence that launched my former lover, partner, friend – the most trusted person in my life, into my predator, stalking...
Dr. Dwight Krehbiel's Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

Dr. Dwight Krehbiel’s Letter to Patty Shelly: a response to our Call to Action

In my role with Our Stories Untold, I have the privilege of knowing that in response to our Call to Action there are people all over the continent who are voicing their concern to those in positions of Mennonite authority about the way Mennonite institutions are responding to Luke Hartman’s abuse of Lauren Shifflett. Many of...
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