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Posts tagged "call to prayer for sexual healing in the Mennonite Church"
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...
Call to Action Update...

Call to Action Update…

(…or what we didn’t say in an attempt to keep it short, and are now saying anyway because not saying it is being used to discredit our concern) Wow. Here’s a big, hearty thank you! to all of you who responded to our call to action. Your words and energy and care for survivors and people...
Have we learned anything from the John Howard Yoder cover-up?

Have we learned anything from the John Howard Yoder cover-up?

*The piece originally appeared as as a blog post on TheMennonite.org on December 12, 2015. ———————————- On December 1st, Mennonite Church USA’s (MCUSA) Executive Board staff cabinetannounced the members of a new sexual abuse prevention panel. This panel is a direct response to the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse passed by the delegate assembly this summer at...
New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

New allegations: church leader Vernon Leis

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada has released a public statement that it has received an allegation of “sexual and ethical misconduct” implicating a former pastor, Vernon Leis, of Tavistock, ONT, Canada, who is deceased. In order to reveal the full truth, we urge any victims or witnesses with more information to come forward. Contact us confidentially at Mennonite@snapnetwork.org or...
Lighting the Dark: Timbrel Magazine Covers Sexualized Violence

Lighting the Dark: Timbrel Magazine Covers Sexualized Violence

Editor’s Note: I was honored Timbrel Magazine Editor Claire DeBerg asked me to write on the topic of sexualized violence for the Spring 2014 issue. When I discovered my blog partners Hilary Jerome Scarsella and Barbra Graber were also writing powerful pieces for the issue, I thought Our Stories Untold needed to showcase the pieces. Today we have...
Abuse & Violence Within the Heterosexist Narrative: An Open Letter from Stephanie Krehbiel

Abuse & Violence Within the Heterosexist Narrative: An Open Letter from Stephanie Krehbiel

Editor’s Note:  Stephanie Krehbiel wrote the following to Ervin Stutzman (ervins@mennoniteusa.org) and the rest of the board in response to the  statement released by MC USA’s executive board meeting this past weekend. She draws correlation between sexualized violence and the violence of excluding from fellowship an entire population of God’s people for their God-given sexual preference.  We invite...
An Invitation for Written Prayers: Exposing and Undoing Sexualized Violence

An Invitation for Written Prayers: Exposing and Undoing Sexualized Violence

  Written by Hilary Jerome Scarsella Having each other’s words to lean on in the moments when we can’t come up with our own is a precious gift. If you would like to share with others the words you utter to the Divine in response to sexualized violence and all of the pain and healing...
Exploring the Inner Landscape of 2013, Thoughts for a New Year

Exploring the Inner Landscape of 2013, Thoughts for a New Year

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi The words of Rumi the Sufi poet have always attracted my mystic mind, and as I reflect on the transition of 2013 to 2014 I’m once again struck by the simple profundity of Rumi’s...
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Exploring a past riddled with abuse and sexualized violence is not a pleasant task, nor is reading and writing about the dark pain that humans impose on other creatures of this world. It’s easy to get caught up in the misery and pain; to repeat the storyline of pain and sorrow through our minds until...
Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

Becoming Ready and Willing for Sexual Healing to Happen

“It only takes one person plowing a row to make a field, then others can follow knowing they aren’t the first or alone.” — Julia Kasdorf, from “Boustrophedon” Healing from sexual abuse after the shredding of a soul can’t be forced or figured out. Whether we work at this task as victim, survivor or compassionate advocate, it...
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