“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
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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,...
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...
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...
OSU Call to Action! We need 15 minutes of your time!

OSU Call to Action! We need 15 minutes of your time!

Dear friends and supporters, On June 14, 2016 Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Education Agency published their joint plan for pursuing outside investigation into “the Hartman situation.” On first glance, it might read as a reasonable and unremarkable update, but Our Stories Untold cannot stress enough that this plan, as it is written, will undermine...
Now We Are Free

Now We Are Free

This may be an unfair assumption, but many people are probably only reading this post to hear about my experiences with Luke Hartman. My story is so much bigger than him though, and writing this post has involved revisiting some of the hardest moments of my life. Please don’t cheapen that long and painful process...
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...
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...
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...
Pulling out the Weeds - A Call to Prayer

Pulling out the Weeds – A Call to Prayer

It it Thursday, a day that marks a powerful movement. A day that is both refreshing, invigorating, and sometimes heartbreaking for me. A day in which I feel more connected and strong through the empowerment of a supportive group of people. Today is the day of collective prayer, and wherever you may be at 3...
John Howard Yoder Discussion: A Lesson in Sensitivity & Victim-Blaming

John Howard Yoder Discussion: A Lesson in Sensitivity & Victim-Blaming

I’ve purposefully remained silent about the John Howard Yoder issue. But I was shocked yesterday to see a poll on the topic presented by The Mennonite. The Mennonite posted a statement of their conviction and are now letting people respond through a poll question: “It is appropriate for Mennonite Church USA to look again at...
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