journeys at home and abroad
Two exciting events coming up.
I’m chairing the Women & Faith session at the fabulous Women of the World Festival (at London’s Southbank Centre next Sunday (full programme here). Questions for the sparky panel (Dina Brawer of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the CofE’s Revd Sally Hitchener, Polly Hurrar of The Sharan Project & others tbc) include How does faith impact on gender equality? What particular challenges do women of faith face? Are questions for a faith panel at a women’s event likely to have a slightly different spin from those to a women’s panel at a faith event?
The next evening I’m speaking on Religious and Secular Views Working Together at a south London mosque, with people from the local orthodox synagogue and churches participating. They’re interested in how humanists/atheists and religious people get along and in the gap between liberal and conservative views within the Abrahamic traditions. They can’t possibly be thinking of the Church of England.
So, plenty to chew on at both. Pitfalls galore, especially in relation to what the words mean. But I’m hoping for lots of participation, stories, reflections, patterns & structures, ideas for action. And a wide range of wonderful London women & men from different backgrounds, heritage, ethnicity, age, etc.
I’d welcome your thoughts on likely hot topics & how the conversations (both 90 minutes) can be developed, explored, expanded – so that people leave with fresh understandings, invigorated and having made some new connections with people. Comment here or email me.
And – if you have any striking photos of women which you’re happy to put in the public domain, send them to me asap and I’ll add them to a loop of images for Sunday’s back projection. If you’re in London and can join us, fantastic.
Update: we had a great session with excellent speakers and questions from the floor. Here’s the video:
Further update: women/religion/belief/intersectionality group now meeting in central London – let me know if you’re interested.