Women Talking: Movie and Q&A with a Quaker Public Minister and an Ex-Mennonite Survivor’s Advocate
Event Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Event Time: 6:00 PM - to 9:00 PM
Please join Friends General Conference in an important viewing and conversation about the new Academy Award winning film, Women Talking.
Women Talking tells a story it says is born of “wild female imagination” about a plain community of Mennonite women discerning together their response to horrific sexual violence against them and their children from within their own community.
What might happen after these women and children leave their community and what is the world’s obligation to them? What can Quakers learn from this film about how we are called to testify and witness to interpersonal violence within our own community? What role does discernment play in addressing power imbalances and how do power imbalances play a role in discernment?
- This film screening and Q&A discussion will take place over one Zoom call on Saturday, April 15, 2023
- Event Time: 6pm-9pm Eastern / 5pm-8pm Central / 4pm-7pm Mountain / 3pm-6pm Pacific
- There will be a short break between the film screening and the discussion.
- $10 pay-as-led** ticket fee. Proceeds will compensate the facilitators for their time and ministry.
**Pay-as-Led is a method of offering sliding scale pricing so that paid events are more accessible for people with a wide range of abilities to pay. Participants choose how much to pay for the ticket fee.
Facilitated by Windy Cooler, convener of Life and Power: Quaker Discernment on Abuse and Stephanie Krehbiel, executive director of Into Account.
Windy Cooler, assistant clerk of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting, describes herself as a practical theologian, public minister, good Quaker pirate, and cultural worker. She is currently the convener of Testimonies to Mercy, a seven-part traveling retreat series on the future of Quakerism, as well as Life and Power, a discernment project on abuse in Quaker community. She is the keynote speaker at Pendle Hill’s April 28th-May 1st Quaker Institute later this month. Windy is a doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary and holds a Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion.
Stephanie Krehbiel is the Executive Director and co-founder of Into Account, a survivor advocacy organization. She works directly with survivors confronting churches and other religious institutions, accompanying them through reporting processes, investigations, media coverage, and public storytelling. As an advocate, she has worked with over a hundred individual survivors from a range of denominational backgrounds, from Catholic to Amish to nondenominational evangelicals. Her work has been covered in the New York Times, National Catholic Reporter, the Star-Tribune, and numerous smaller publications. Dr. Krehbiel holds a PhD in American Studies from University of Kansas with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies, and her work as an advocate began during ethnographic research on institutional violence against LGBTQ+ people in the Mennonite Church USA.
As a collaborator with her Into Account colleagues, Dr. Krehbiel co-wrote a report based on the testimony of forty-four survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment perpetrated by Catholic liturgical composer David Haas, exposing coverups and complicity in the liturgical music industry as well as the Archidiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and contributing to Haas’s lifetime ban from the industry events he once used to target victims. Her posts for the Into Account organizational blog have covered topics such as Title IX regulation changes, the hidden dangers of organizational “lifestyle” policies, sexual abuse in collegiate sports, and the social consequences of institutional betrayal. She is a frequent guest speaker in university and seminary classrooms.
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