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A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

A Crisis of Faith: In support of Kay Ellen

Sexualized violence doesn’t only hurt those directly victimized. It ripples out and causes all manner of harm to the families, loved ones, colleagues, and broader communities of both victim-survivors and perpetrators. While Our Stories Untold prioritizes survivors’ voices, those who are secondarily impacted need to be heard too so that we get a full picture of the...
The Church Continues to Break our Trust

The Church Continues to Break our Trust

Dear friends, Several weeks ago, my sister Lauren Shifflett announced her decision not to participate in the investigation taking place at Eastern Mennonite University by D. Stafford and Associates and explained her reasons why. I support her decision fully and after being asked to submit to an interview myself, I also have decided to decline....
The Panel is Walking Away, and So Am I

The Panel is Walking Away, and So Am I

Hello, my friends, It is time for me to speak after a prolonged silence. I’ve been trying to find my voice again through this complicated process. My advocate Barbra Graber, my sister Marissa Buck, and my dear friends at Our Stories Untold and SNAP Mennonite have walked along at my own pace as I have...
Virginia Mennonites file complaint against pastor Duane Yoder

Virginia Mennonites file complaint against pastor Duane Yoder

  Eight members of Virginia Mennonite Conference have filed an official complaint with the conference asking that pastor Duane Yoder’s credentials be put under review for breaches of trust. A letter distributed to the Lindale Mennonite Congregation in March of 2016 revealed that Duane Yoder withheld from his congregation for more than a year and a half...
The Case for Suspending Credentials: Lindale, Virginia Conference, and Definitions of Accountability

The Case for Suspending Credentials: Lindale, Virginia Conference, and Definitions of Accountability

We are grateful to Hillary Watson for posting this piece on her own blog, Gathering the Stones, on May 9th, and for crossposting it now on OSU. It is a helpful contribution to the continuing conversation around what accountability ought to look like for Mennonite church leaders when it comes to addressing situations of sexual violence...
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