Carolyn Holderread Heggen Papers, 1985-2015
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Brief Description:

Personal papers of a Mennonite psychotherapist with professional expertise in trauma recovery, personal and communal healing, and pastoral boundary issues. Heggen is the author of Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches (1993) and a frequent presenter nationally and internationally.

In the early 1990s she played a crucial role in bringing John Howard Yoder's repeated violation of women to light by facilitating communication among women who had been violated by Yoder, and by calling upon church authorities to hold Yoder accountable for his actions.  Heggen is also a co-developer and co-presenter of Mennonite Women USA's Sister Care seminars.

Materials in this collection include selected sermons, lectures, workshops, and presentations, reviews of and correspondence received in response to her book on sexual abuse in Christian environments, correspondence and other documents pertaining to the 1992 complaint against John Howard Yoder's sexual misconduct, subject files pertaining to her work with United Mission to Nepal and Mennonite Central Committee, photographs, and miscellaneous materials.

Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at]
Record Series Number: HM1/050
Created by: Heggen, Carolyn Holderread (1946-)
Volume: 0.7 Linear Feet
Acquired: 04/14/2015.
Arrangement: Flat
Access Restrictions:

Restriction:  Personal names found in Selected Responses to Book and Presentations on Sexual Abuse in the Church, 1993-1994 (Box 1 / Folder 6) may not be published.

Restriction: Some women's names have been redacted from files in Box 2 pertaining to John Howard Yoder.

All other materials are open for public research.

Subject Index
Heggen, Carolyn Holderread, 1946-
Psychic trauma
Sex - Religious aspects - Mennonites
Sexual harassment of women
Victims - Rehabilitation
Yoder, John Howard
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Carolyn Holderread Heggen; Acc. 2015-016
PreferredCitation: Carolyn Holderread Heggen Papers, 1985-2015.  HM1-050.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.