I am half-excited and half-nervous to announce a new project: an APF video series. In this first video (Essential Integrity), I contrast two religious leaders who have been important for people beyond their faith community--Menno Simons and John Howard Yoder--both Mennonites.
Can we still quote Yoder given what is now known about his sexual abuse of women? Can we separate a theologian's writings from their actions? Is it fair to the women Yoder abused to continue to quote him? Closer to home, is my life something that peacemakers would do well to imitate? In what ways are we to imitate Jesus or be like Jesus? In what ways do I need to grow as a follower/disciple/imitator of Jesus?
These videos will be short and sporadic, with a hint of interaction. If you'd like me to address certain concerns or questions, please leave a comment here on this blog post or on the YouTube video. I have a few possible topics lined-up, but I'd like to hear from you.
Let's get to it. Here I consider the importance of personal integrity for those of us who desire to be peacemakers.
- Yi Shen Ma | The Word for Today, YouTube Channel
- Stanley Hauerwas | "In Defence of 'Our Respectable Culture': Trying to Make Sense of John Howard Yoder's Sexual Abuse" (ABC Religion & Ethics, 18 Oct 2017)
- Janna Hunter-Bowman | "The Opportunity Stanley Hauerwas Missed" (Christian Century, 26 Oct 2017)
- Andy Alexis-Baker | "Prison, Sexual Assault, and Editing John Howard Yoder: One Man’s Story" (Our Stories Untold, 11 Nov 2013)
These are the JHY books I had in the stack, plus one I forgot to add:
- The Politics of Jesus
- The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism
- Neverlesthess: Varieties of Religious Pacifism
- Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution
- The Christian Witness to the State
- The War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking
- He Came Preaching Peace (missing from the table)