by Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Director of Theological Integrity UPDATED the evening of 10/21/19 The Mennonite put out an article today on details emerging around the AMBS search committee’s decision to appoint David Boshart the next president of the seminary. We’ll have more to say on the subject shortly, but today I’m keeping it quick and … Continue reading Boshart’s appointment: Takeaways from today’s article on emerging details
We want to know what happened in the course of AMBS’s work with FaithTrust Institute. We want to know why the press release says nothing about this work.
Yours is not the first community he has groomed to tolerate him; your church did not produce his first pack of ardent defenders.
The extensive health impact of widespread sexual harassment is emerging as a major public health problem.
Dear readers who care about Mennonite colleges, what happens next is largely up to you.
Hilary's successful process with AMBS must not be co-opted into an institutional narrative that erases the trauma of other survivors, that asserts a false peace while silent suffering continues, and that elevates Hilary as a chosen survivor on the backs of people who do not fall within Dave's narrow-minded understanding of the body of Christ.
The way that I did advocacy and activism on my campus was incredibly draining and unsustainable. I want to help other people have the empowering aspects of activism without the trauma and burnout.
Labeling a victim as "powerless" and a survivor as someone who has more “power from within” is a way to pit victims and survivors against each other so that the church can control the narrative about sexual violence.
The vast majority of church leaders have absolutely no business trying to lead in the movement to end sexual abuse.
Rosemarie and Stephanie discuss a devotional essay written by the wife of a sexual predator.