Category: Gender and Sexuality

Interview: Michelle Morrow, LGBTQ Inclusion

Michelle Morrow joins the podcast to talk to Ryan about her own story coming to Anabaptism and her work now with supporting LGBTQ inclusion in the Church. Some questions covered include:

Michelle’s religious background growing up (0:36)
Finding her way to Anabaptism at Fresno Pacific University (1:27)
Transitioning from seeing her future in biblical studies to being in student services and working for LGBTQ inclusion (5:38)
What working for LGBTQ inclusion looks like for her (16:15)
How Anabaptism helps inform what Michelle is doing (21:45)
Whether a church can be loving toward LGBTQ people without being fully affirming (33:30)
Church Clarity and the push for being clear about what a church practices, whether affirming or not (43:19)
Practical tips for those wanting to better include LGBTQ people (52:44)

Links:

Michelle’s website: www.michellefmorrow.com
Anabaptist Collective Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MennoNerds
Church Clarity: https://www.churchclarity.org/

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Interview: Rachel Halder, Sacred, Sexy, and Whole

Rachel Halder joins the podcast to discuss healthy sexuality in general and her book Sacred, Sexy, and Whole in particular. Some topics include:

Introducing Rachel and her history studying sexuality (0:54)
What purity culture means and some of its implications (6:30)
The extent to which purity culture comes out of a long history vs being a new construction (10:42)
Consequences of purity culture (13:45)
Advice for people who are dealing with the harm of purity culture, including the value of masturbation as a way to learn about yourself (18:10)
Resources to help people exploring these questions (22:01)
What’s in the book (25:07)
General responses to the book (28:53)
Trauma that results from purity culture and generational passing down of purity culture (31:42)
Rachel’s relationship with her Mennonite history (35:54)
Neuroscience and sexuality (39:22)
What’s next for Rachel and her work (41:45)
Vision for the Church (43:48)

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BGWG 8: Me Too

Ebony and Steve discuss the recent viral #MeToo campaign and the rampant sexual assault and harassment being exposed across multiple industries. Some topics include:

Steve’s recommendation: the podcast Code Switch by NPR (2:06)
Ebony’s recommendation: Evicted by Matthew Desmond (3:55)
The #MeToo campaign going viral and the pervasiveness of sexual assault (8:22)
Defining sexual assault and sexual harassment (16:59)
Sexuality as a partnership, not a right (26:26)
Masturbation: a necessary release or a lack of self-control? (28:09)
Honest conversations about sex in the Church (40:21)
Stop demonizing women  (42:38)
Teach men and boys they don’t have the right to women (44:04)
Talk about rape myths from the pulpit, making it clear they are myths, such as the myth that most reported sexual assaults are false (46:44)
Hear people’s stories, women’s stories when they are ready and also men repenting (48:34)
Hear women’s perspectives on Scripture (50:25)

Ebony later blogged some more thoughts on the masturbation conversation here: https://ebonyjohanna.com/2017/12/14/metoo-power-consent-and-sexual-desire/
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Interview: Carol Penner, Feminist Theology and More

Carol Penner joins the podcast to discuss a few topics with Katelin, including feminist theology, abuse, pastoral theology, and writing worship resources. From Carol’s bio:
Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor in various Mennonite congregations, she is joining the faculty of CGUC [Conrad Grebel University College] this year. Her research interests include feminist theology and Mennonite peace theology, and abuse issues. She has a popular blog of her worship resources at www.leadinginworship.com
Some of the topics covered include:

Carol’s background in both pastoring and academia. (1:23)
How Carol’s pastoral experience is used in academia and what the average person is thinking about as theological questions. A major one is money. (5:38)
Violence on a personal level, especially violence against women, not only seeing violence as “what would you do if called to war?” (14:21)
How our theology and our Scripture contribute to questions of abuse. (17:41)
Things Carol found helpful in feminist theology. (21:33)
Pastoral abuse and how Mennonite churches don’t do a good enough job talking about it. (32:34)
Why Mennonite churches talked more about abuse in the 90s but then stopped. (39:59)
Why Carol writes worship resources online. (44:15)

Links
Leading in Worship blog by Carol Penner
Carol’s academic bio from University of Waterloo
MennoNerds Interview: Into Account (YouTube)
Mennonite Central Committee Canada – Abuse Prevention
Our Stories Untold
 
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BGWG 3: Feminism

Black Gal, White Guy returns for their third episode to discuss feminism. Topics include:

Ebony’s recommendation: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology: Shoulder to Shoulder (0:48)
Steve’s recommendation: Accidental Courtesy streaming on PBS and Netflix (2:35)
What does feminism mean? Women holding all the power having an Amazonian society with no men? (5:48)
Haven’t we already achieved a post-sexist society where feminism is no longer necessary? (8:48)
Is feminism in opposition to men, or in opposition to patriarchy? Are men also hurt by patriarchy? (10:58)
What about Jesus? Does Jesus agree with feminism? (14:15)
What about Paul? Wasn’t he clearly misogynistic? (20:19)
If our church was going to be feminist, what would that look like? (26:52)

Send emails with questions or comments to Ebony and Steve at bgwg@mennonerds.com.
More relevant resources:

Kurt Willems on the Paulcast, series on Paul and Women
Coming soon on this podcast: an interview with Carol Penner about Feminist Theology

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Interview: Manny Cumplido, Addiction

Manny Cumplido, a MennoNerds member, joins the podcast as a guest to share a bit about himself and to talk about sexual addiction. They talk about Manny’s sexual addiction and steps he took to recover, as well as more generally how churches can do a better job of helping people with sex addiction, and self efficacy vs individualism.
Link
Manny’s Blog, Word Framed World
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Interview: Into Account (Part 2)

Katelin Hansen interviews Jennifer (Jay) Yoder and Stephanie Krehbiel about their work with Into Account, which supports abuse survivors seeking justice, accountability, and recovery within church settings.
In this part 2, they discuss:

Intersectionality of sexual violence and other justice issues
The Luke Hartman investigation
Last year’s MCUSA gathering and their lack of understanding intersectionality
Opportunities and assets of Anabaptist theology that could be better used
How Anabaptist church structures and charismatic leader model can allow for abuse
The extremes of strict sexual rules vs sexual permissiveness

Links
Into Account
Our Stories Untold
Pink Menno
SNAP Network – Mennonites
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Interview: Into Account (Part 1)

Katelin Hansen interviews Jennifer (Jay) Yoder and Stephanie Krehbiel about their work with Into Account, which supports abuse survivors seeking justice, accountability, and recovery within church settings.
In this part 1, they discuss:

How Into Account was formed and what they do
How church purity culture makes sexual violence worse, including victim blaming
How “forgiveness” and “reconciliation” can often be used as a weapon against victims
John Howard Yoder and his repeated sexual violence
The importance of looking for expert help outside the community instead of trying to deal with sexual violence yourselves

Part 2 will be released in two weeks.
Links
Into Account
Our Stories Untold
SNAP Network – Mennonites
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