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Shame washed in unconditional love

Shame washed in unconditional love

Noise! Dust! Shouting! Pushing! And into the middle of the crowd a dishevelled woman is pushed, falling to the ground. And then it starts. The accusations. Adulteress! Shame! Whore! Fists…

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Grieving with those who grieve

Grieving with those who grieve

In the hours and days after the horror in Christchurch, I contacted several Muslim friends here in Sydney. I wanted to know how they were feeling and I wanted them…

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The Floating People – for the Rohingya People

The Floating People – for the Rohingya People

This poem was written for and read at a vigil for the Rohingya People held in a city in the North of England, October 2018. This Yorkshire city is refuge…

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The Church in change: Liminality and the importance of ritual in welcoming new believers. A local church response.  

The Church in change: Liminality and the importance of ritual in welcoming new believers. A local church response.  

Church communities in the west are currently experiencing the joy and challenge of welcoming, discipling and baptising refugee new believers from a range of Muslim-majority countries. Much of this work…

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Threading My Prayer Rug

Threading My Prayer Rug

Title: Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistan Muslim to American Muslim Author: Sabeeha Reman Publisher: Arcade Publishing NY 2016. Reviewer: M.Lim “Threading my Prayer Rug” is a…

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Women in the Qur’an and the Bible

Women in the Qur’an and the Bible

As Muslim and Christian women, who are the women we find present in our sacred texts as we read them? The Qur’an makes reference to a number of women also…

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#pressforprogress

#pressforprogress

The 2017 Global Gender Gap report suggests that the chasm dividing men and women is growing and will take even longer to close than previously estimated. That is, we are…

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Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Constance Padwick, introducing her classic book Muslim Devotions, commented, “In Islam, as in any other faith, a stranger desiring not to remain a stranger could best feel the pulsing life…

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