“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Posts tagged "Patriarchy"
Survivors Protest CMU's John Howard Yoder Course Description

Survivors Protest CMU’s John Howard Yoder Course Description

As the North American Mennonite church has these past two years (and decades) discussed, discerned and shed tears upon tears regarding John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women, it has been repeated again and again: Yoder’s treatment of women was abusive. It is not to be called “inappropriate.” It is to be named as abusive....
Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Sex with a pastor: An affair or abuse?

Representing the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, Dr. Cameron Altaras delivered the following speech at the Annual SNAP conference in Alexandria, Virginia on August 2, 2015. More than 300 survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities and their loved ones gathered to hear speakers from around the world who educated and inspired us to “protect the vulnerable and expose the truth”...
Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

Graffiti art illustrates how to break the cycle

We are pleased to feature David Hayward, a graffiti artist and blogger otherwise known as nakedpastor. On a recent blog post, he explains how he was inspired to draw this cartoon after reading Sharon Detweiler’s untold story on our website. It powerfully illustrates how patriarchal systems create, nurture, protect and defend the abuse of women and children.  Boys and young men are also its victims, as...
John Howard Yoder: My Untold Story after 36 years of Silence

John Howard Yoder: My Untold Story after 36 years of Silence

  To Rachel Waltner Goosen, whose historical overview in The Mennonite meticulously recounts John Howard Yoder’s true legacy, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your literary piece is masterful. But as I read your article on this quiet Sunday morning, I find my hands shaking, my heart beating faster, and I’m unable to read clearly…36...
Call to Prayer Reminder: Deliver us from Denial

Call to Prayer Reminder: Deliver us from Denial

Sex offenders like to go to church. 93% describe themselves as religious. The most egregious sex offenders–those who have the most victims, the youngest victims and those who get away with it for the longest amount of time–are the ones most actively involved in their churches or synagogues. The offenders themselves tell researchers, “I like...
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...
I've been marked by grace

I’ve been marked by grace

Note from Editor Rachel Halder: I am honored to feature Marty Troyer’s story of male childhood sexual abuse on Our Stories Untold, the first story of its kind. Male sexual abuse, especially child abuse, is a problem that is live and well in our churches, yet isn’t addressed often enough. In fact, according to RAINN,...
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...
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