Urie Bender

Description

Allegations of sexual abuse of girls and women. Four women brought official complaints against Bender before the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada in 1992.

Church-related positions held

  • Prominent Mennonite playwright and author.
  • Held ministerial credentials until giving them up rather than face a church-led accountability process over sexual abuse allegations.

Last employment/location (as of 2016)

  • Retired in Waterloo, Ontario. Attended Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ontario.

Documentation

Correspondence of Jeanette Gascho

(Used with permission from Gascho.) Please scroll through this document to access the following:

  • Letter from Clarence Diefenbacher and Waldemar Regier to Jeanette Gascho, February 4, 1992, containing recommendations from MCEC Leadership Commission in relation to Urie Bender.
  • Letter from Jeanette Gascho to Mennonite editors, February 5, 1992, containing survivor statement from four women.
  • Letter from Clarence Diefenbacher and Waldemar Regier to Jeanette Gascho, December 1, 1992.
  • Letter from Clarence Diefenbacher to Jeanette Gascho, December 21, 1992.
  • Letter from Mary E. Burkholder and Clarence Diefenbacher to Jeanette Gascho, January 7, 1993.
  • Letter from Herbert Schultz to Jeanette Gascho, January 15, 1993.

Other documentation

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