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9 Remaining Questions on EMU's DSA Report

9 Remaining Questions on EMU’s DSA Report

SERIES INTRODUCTION:  Lisa Schirch’s voice will provide the next three parts in this series of posts in which survivors and advocates respond to the findings released in November by Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU’s) hired compliance firm D. Stafford and Associates (DSA).  Read Stephanie Krehbiel’s Part 1 “Asking the Right Questions” here. Lisa’s Part 2 now asks 9 critical questions left unanswered by the published report of...
Coming home to our bodies: trauma and justice

Coming home to our bodies: trauma and justice

This piece is a cross-post, originally published on January 29, 2016, on the Brethren Mennonite Council website. My senior year of high school, I was talking to a school counselor about an experience I had earlier that year with another classmate. As I finished my explanation, he told me that what I had experienced was emotional...
Trauma and Lack of Nuance

Trauma and Lack of Nuance

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” —Audre Lorde My assailants told me I was cute, that I was beautiful and small, that I was sweetness, that my hair was soft, that I looked innocent. My assailant told me he wanted a threesome. My assailant told me...
John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse: Asking the wrong question

John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse: Asking the wrong question

Editor’s note: This is a cross-post from Hillary’s blog, www.gatheringthestones.com, first published on January 30, 2015. Even though this week a Goshen College student was slapped by Jennifer Lopez, John Howard Yoder is still the biggest Mennonite celebrity we have. While at Pastors Week, I heard stories about how he would takes notes on a...
Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

** This piece was originally posted at PinkMenno.org on July 10, 2014. Stay tuned for more reflections on this topic in the coming week. This is a strange time to be writing about Mennonites and sexuality. In less than a year, I’m scheduled to defend my dissertation on sexual diversity, LGBTQ Anabaptist activism, and the...
A Way Forward: Sexual Abuse in the Church FAQ's

A Way Forward: Sexual Abuse in the Church FAQ’s

The members of the Mennonite Church USA Discernment Group convened to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in the wake of theologian John Howard Yoder’s abuse of women. The following are frequently asked questions about their work, used by permission from Mennonite Church USA. The original posting can be seen here. In 10 questions...
Prison, Sexual Assault, and Editing John Howard Yoder: One Man's Story

Prison, Sexual Assault, and Editing John Howard Yoder: One Man’s Story

Yesterday we posted Andy Alexis Baker’s story of sexual abuse experienced in prison, and how it relates to his work with and understandings of John Howard Yoder’s theology and life. His story also appeared in The Mennonite’s TMail November 11th issue. We decided to highlight his story by posting it through the main Our Stories Untold...
An Everyday Hero: The Untold Story of Tamar

An Everyday Hero: The Untold Story of Tamar

Editor’s Note: Yesterday afternoon I was informed that something very exciting happened at Albany Mennonite Church: Pastor Meghan Good preached a sermon on rape and sexualized violence in the church, using the story of Tamar as an example. The sermon titled “Untold Stories:  2 Samuel 13:1-21” can be listened to online. I’ve also included the manuscript...
John Howard Yoder: A symbolic tip of the iceberg of sexism

John Howard Yoder: A symbolic tip of the iceberg of sexism

**Charletta Erb continues the discussion of John Howard Yoder and his abuses against women in the Mennonite Church. This is a cross-post from The Mennonite, originally published August 13, 2013.   At 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoons, I am committed to pray for sexual healing in the church as part of an invitation issued by...
Can Subordination Ever Be Revolutionary? Reflections on John Howard Yoder

Can Subordination Ever Be Revolutionary? Reflections on John Howard Yoder

**This is a cross-post by Hannah Heinzekehr of The Femonite blog. It’s a great follow-up to the conversation ensuring Barbra Graber’s previous post on John Howard Yoder. You can see the original publication and lively conversation in the comments thread here.  If you are Mennonite – or maybe even not Mennonite, but just a scholar interested in the work of...
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