Urie Bender

Date of birth

1925

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.

Current employment/location (as of 2016)

  • Retired. Lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Attends 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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