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Insecurity and security

Insecurity and security

Miriam had her baby and decided to keep her. For a time she lived in a home for women who were single mothers as her family refused to see her or…

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The imperative of faith is to trust God

The imperative of faith is to trust God

A recent conversation with a friend who is a Muslim left me wondering. As we shared stories of some of our life journeys since we had last seen each other,…

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Identity for Believers from a Muslim background: Equality of Women

Identity for Believers from a Muslim background: Equality of Women

One of the most transformative aspects of Christian identity in the lives of believers from a Muslim background is the equality and value the Bible places on women. I have…

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Depictions of Hagar

Depictions of Hagar

There are a number of pictures of Hagar in western art. Some portray Sarah offering Hagar, her slave, to Abraham to get her pregnant, so she can have a child…

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How should I respond (not react)?

How should I respond (not react)?

I was new in this large Middle Eastern city, about to embark on a year of study. I was travelling in the women’s carriage of the tram, at a time…

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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…

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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.…

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‘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…

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Hope in turbulent times

Hope in turbulent times

The beginning of this month was marked not only by the season of Advent Hope, but by the hope made into reality of the news of the arrival of the…

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Life without a home

Life without a home

What does it mean to be a woman on the refugee trail? It almost sounds like an adventure when we write it like that, the refugee trail. To speak this…

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