“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Posts tagged "Hilary Jerome Scarsella"
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...
Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

This post kicks off our fall series on sexualized violence and race. In turning our focus to the intersections of sexualized violence and race it is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to believe that we are exploring a side issue or engaging in a conversation that is only relevant to survivors who...
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...
Introducing Hilary and new directions for Our Stories Untold

Introducing Hilary and new directions for Our Stories Untold

Dear EVERYONE, I’m truly sad to say goodbye to Rachel in her OSU role even as I trust she is making a decision that is right and good and full of grace. Rachel has been a powerhouse blessing when it comes to addressing sexualized violence in the Mennonite church, and I know I am not...
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...
Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, originally published in the Spring 2014 issue–a special issue on sexualized violence–of Timbrel Magazine, a publication by Mennonite Women USA. To purchase a copy of this issue for a special discounted price of $5, click here.– RH  In each issue of Timbrel, a section called “Three Windows, Three Women” highlights...
Welcoming Another Fresh Face to "Our Stories Untold"

Welcoming Another Fresh Face to “Our Stories Untold”

Last winter I was guided to an amazing woman, Hilary Scarsella. We became acquainted through working on Mennonite Monologues, a story-telling venture administered through the Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project. Through working with each other and having the pleasure of a face-to-face lunch date, we realized we had a lot in common including...
Telling Our Lives Back Together Again

Telling Our Lives Back Together Again

There is a particular biblical story that drives me nuts. It’s the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John, chapter 4. I won’t recap the whole thing here, but the part that I get stuck on is the funny bit where Jesus tells the woman “everything she...
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