Blog

A line in the sand or a bridge?

A line in the sand or a bridge?

A small group of young Muslims and Christians were sitting together in the studio, discussing on live television the possibilities for their country in a new era that followed political…

640 855 When Women Speak
Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

I can still remember exactly where I was standing when we received the phone call, on the kitchen side of the arch that separated the kitchen and lounge. It was…

640 756 When Women Speak
Writing my own ending: the power of story to overcome shame

Writing my own ending: the power of story to overcome shame

Tell me your story. It’s an invitation issued by God again and again in his encounters with individuals, particularly women, in scripture. When Adam and Eve confronted their shame in…

1707 2560 When Women Speak
Shaping our relationships with trust

Shaping our relationships with trust

While we affirm trust as a fundamental of relationships, grasping and navigating its meaning and practice can, quite frankly, feel almost impossible. Trust has different meanings. People speak about it…

1708 2560 When Women Speak
The Power of Breast Milk

The Power of Breast Milk

“Can you come and squirt some of your breast milk into our nephew’s eyes? He’s got sore eyes, and it will help them.” At the time I was asked, I…

2560 1707 When Women Speak
Life Stages, Rites and Rituals

Life Stages, Rites and Rituals

The following are excerpts from the When Women Speak... booklet 'Life Stages and Rites of Passage for Muslim Women', written by Louise Simon, compiling the learning from the I-view courses.…

1842 1350 When Women Speak
Attentiveness, presence, marginality, and spaciousness

Attentiveness, presence, marginality, and spaciousness

“Hospitality is both an ancient virtue and a prophetic practice, as it crosses boundaries, welcomes all, and involves taking risks. It is also dialogical, as it requires listening and learning.…

900 600 When Women Speak
People of Peace / Gatekeepers

People of Peace / Gatekeepers

Jesus said to her, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband - for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”…

2400 1600 When Women Speak
Women through Jesus’ eyes

Women through Jesus’ eyes

"Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.” This…

976 549 When Women Speak
‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘Woman, why are you crying?’

I had returned for a visit to the South Asian city where I had previously worked. Dr Zahra had heard I was there, staying at the guest house, and asked…

960 1280 When Women Speak
Weeping with those who weep

Weeping with those who weep

I was sitting with my language teacher, reading a piece she had chosen by a Palestinian poet, where he mourned his exile from his country.  It was not long since…

1500 2560 When Women Speak
Choose to challenge

Choose to challenge

It is 8th March as I write this post, that means it is International Women’s Day. The theme of this year’s IWD is ‘Choose to Challenge’, encouraging all to celebrate…

730 600 When Women Speak
Start Typing