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Is it all about marriage for women?

Is it all about marriage for women?

From my observations in my Arab city context, women seem to grow in influence as/if she progresses through the life stages in the expected way. A girl who hits puberty…

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Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

I’m thinking through two different aspects of trust at the moment. With a group of friends from our local neighbourhood who are are not believers my focus is how am…

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Trust: working with diaspora communities

Trust: working with diaspora communities

I’ve been thinking about trust... I have an interesting relationship with a Persian lady here on a bridging visa, with her husband and two teenage sons. She initially rang the…

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Trust

Trust

There’s a suggestion by some researchers that the more collectivist a society is, the less likely people are to trust someone who is not an insider to their group. That…

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Supernatural experiences

Supernatural experiences

What are our experiences of the supernatural as we work with our friends? Whereas the rational scientific mind refutes such experiences, perhaps even labelling them hysteria, a number of us…

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She has done a beautiful thing

She has done a beautiful thing

A broken jar. Expensive perfume ‘wasted’. Rebuked and criticised. Affirmed. A messenger who will be remembered. Women’s acts of ministry, doing things in women’s ways, are often the subject of…

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A Journey

A Journey

At first, my mind was closed. I was afraid and asked, Why did he give me birth? My heart was like a bomb blast. Day by day as I read,…

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Is trust a liminal space?

Is trust a liminal space?

How can our relationships with our Muslim friends, sisters and colleagues thrive and flourish? Can we understand the negotiations in these relationships, shaped by the necessity of building bridges across…

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God making himself known to women

God making himself known to women

The God who sees – Hagar. God who hears – Hannah. God who protects – Tamar. God who provides – Rahab. God who heals – woman who was bleeding. God…

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Rendering women voiceless: suffering without lament

Rendering women voiceless: suffering without lament

I remember the evening well. One of my students had died in a motorcycle accident and I was called to the hospital. I had given her permission to leave after…

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