Praying with the Icon of Friendship

Praying with the Icon of Friendship

During Lent this year I am inviting the Benefice to make a Journey of Prayer. The journey will offer different themes and suggestions of spiritual practices, as well as a ‘menu’ of possible ways for us to engage. The theme of this issue of Connections and this Lenten...
Making Brunch

Making Brunch

A queue of children outside Sea Mills school hall door 10 mins before opening time, means one thing: Holiday Hunger. In they charge, and we volunteers are ready: sausages, bacon, beans and eggs; toast, cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit prepared and served to parents,...
Priestesses in the Church

Priestesses in the Church

“To us a priest is primarily a representative, a double representative, who represents us to God and God to us… We have no objection to a woman doing the first: the whole difficulty is with the second. But why? … Suppose the reformer stops saying that a good woman may...
Gender Identity

Gender Identity

“How do you identify?” It’s a question no one ever use d to ask. Just how much of one’s ‘identity’ can be summed up succinctly enough to provide an answer to this question? And just what is identity? A friend said to me once, that – ‘some people’s hair is their...
Male and Female Created He Them

Male and Female Created He Them

These words, from the first chapter of Genesis, are a bit like the ominous tolling of a bell! Yet really, gender should be irrelevant to Christianity, or at least to God, who is ineffably beyond any such concept, being essentially mystery, hidden in darkness, as the...
A-Gendered Nativity

A-Gendered Nativity

Being cast in the role of Mary for a School Nativity Play has been seen as one of the first great rites of passage for a girl of infant age. Hotly contested and the subject of tears for disappointed ‘wannabes’ this early experience of a traditional telling of the...