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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...
A Big Thanks, Some Encouragement, and a Reminder to Pray

A Big Thanks, Some Encouragement, and a Reminder to Pray

Thank you, thank you to all who have joined our Call. And a special welcome to those who just signed on in August: Shana, Clair, Paulette, Beth, Josh, and Kirsten. Welcome. Here’s Kirsten’s encouraging comment: “I have worked with survivors of abuse and incest, and I was moved to tears when I read this. Please...
'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church

‘I Believe You:’ The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church

This piece has been re-posted to Our Stories Untold with permission. It is the first in a Sojourners series on sexual violence in Christian communities. To see the article in full, please click over to Sojourners site. Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian,...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 3

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 3

This is my last post in a series of three dealing with sexual abuse and Christian spirituality. You can see the first post here, and the second post here. I wrote these as a way to process some of what I’ve been noticing as I work with women in the Church who have experienced sexual violence...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 2

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 2

This post is my second in a series of three posts dealing with sexual abuse and Christian spirituality. In my first post I talked about ways that certain Christian messages tend to create stumbling blocks for those striving to heal from the trauma of abuse, and I listed a couple of ideas to keep in mind...
Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 1

Christian Feminist Spirituality for Healing from Abuse, Part 1

This series of cross-posts by Hilary Jerome Scarsella originally appeared on the State of Formation Website.  Recently, I’ve spent a lot time with Christian women striving to heal from abuse and from damaging messages they learned from their experiences of church, faith, and religion. I want to talk about the ways that seemingly harmless messages from religious...
Steubenville Reflection Series: The Importance of Collective, Collaborative, and Diverse Ideas

Steubenville Reflection Series: The Importance of Collective, Collaborative, and Diverse Ideas

“Would you say destroying the planet is just as bad as raping a person? Is putting toxic chemicals into our water just as bad as putting toxic chemicals into a person so you can rape them?” Bombarded by these questions (plus many more) from a new acquaintance at a party the other evening, my responses...
Our Daughter Was Sexually Abused

Our Daughter Was Sexually Abused

Sexualized violence and abuse is often covered up due to shame, embarrassment, or just plain ignorance in how to handle the problem. One contributing story on Our Stories Untold describes how a woman’s Mennonite family purposefully hid her abuse from the rest of the family so it wouldn’t need to be dealt with. Another woman...
What would you do to end rape in 2013?

What would you do to end rape in 2013?

When I got annoyed with the fact that sexualized violence is a stigmatized and sensitive subject in the Mennonite Church, I began this blog. When Gloria Steinem learned that rape was a widely used and unspoken method of torture, and a result of the Holocaust, she dreamed up WMC’s Women Under Siege with Lauren Wolfe....
Speak Out Sunday - November 25

Speak Out Sunday – November 25

Novem­ber 25, 2012  is the Inter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vio­lence Against Women. This post from Unbound Justice encourages churches to get involved in this important topic. I encourage Mennonite churches to take action towards this serious issue. Brought to you by WeWillSpeakOut.US   The United Nations has des­ig­nated Sun­day, Novem­ber 25 as the “Inter­na­tional Day for...
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