Returning to our commitments

Oct 8, 2018 by

In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and...

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Program restores sex offenders

Jun 19, 2017 by and

The Canadian government will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to a Mennonite-supported program that helps convicted sex offenders reintegrate into the community. Circles of Support and...

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Yoder-Short: ‘Pretend you know me’

Feb 27, 2017 by

I was putting money in the parking meter when a young woman approached me and quietly said, “Pretend you know me.” I was puzzled. She loudly chatted about how good it was to see me. After a trio of guys...

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EMU president announces steps to prevent, respond to misconduct

Feb 13, 2017 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — President Susan Schultz Huxman launched an Action Plan Steering Committee Jan. 26 at Eastern Mennonite University to ensure EMU meets federal regulations and implements best practices to...

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What about sexual violence by adolescents?

Apr 5, 2016 by and

Dove’s Nest has heard from churches that are struggling with situations of abuse in which an adolescent is the offender. These situations are terribly painful and complicated, but not terribly uncommon. An...

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Toward Mennonite sexual integrity

Mar 23, 2015 by

The Mennonite church needs a conversation about sexual integrity, how people respect their own bodies and those of other people. Sexual abuse — and even sexual promiscuity — requires dehumanizing male...

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Learning from stories that stink

Feb 2, 2015 by

As I took down my string of Christmas cards and letters, I smiled as one friend noted the danger of a Christmas letter becoming “a list of stellar achievements accomplished by perfect people.” Ours had no...

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Peaceful theology, violent acts

Jan 5, 2015 by

This is excerpted from a longer article, “ ‘Defanging the Beast’: Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,” in the January issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, based on newly...

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