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  • Dr Karen O’Donnell has published a new book: The Dark Womb: Re-Conceiving Theology through Reproductive Loss. Amazingly, the book is the first academic theological investigation into the impact the experience of reproductive loss has on the way that we think about God and faith. She wrote the book in response to her own personal losses as a young woman and the growing awareness that there were no deep explorations of the issues that she was addressing.

    In this episode, we reflect on the language used and the way that reproductive loss affects our relationship with others and with God.

    Trigger Warning

    Whilst this episode does not talk graphically about the subject, it does analyse the way in which it affects people and so if you are someone who has been affected by reproductive loss and are having a down day, you might want to save this episode for another time.

    Other Mentions in the Episode
    Books

    The Body by Paula GooderThe Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr (you can listen to Beth talking about this book and the issues that it raises on the previous episode of the podcast)

    Website

    http://saltwaterandhoney.org - Saltwater and Honey is a collection of voices sharing their stories about infertility, miscarriage, childlessness and faith.

    Follow Karen:

    · Email: [email protected]

    · Twitter: @kmrodonnell

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    Music written and performed by Dan Lawrence and produced by Lawrence Dinh

    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

  • Beth Allison Barr is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in the US. She’s also a pastor’s wife, a mum and an author. In 2021, her book exploring the history of Christianity and patriarchy was published. It’s entitled: The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth and that is primarily what the interview is about. Her knowledge and understanding of history challenges our thinking and helps us to understand more about how patriarchy works.

    For more on the topic of disputed texts and women leaders have a listen to episode 22 with Janey Lawry-White from August 2021

    Beth’s Book
    Beth Allison Barr - The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth

    Other Books Mentioned
    Michael Byrd - Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible
    Scott McKnight - The Blue Parakeet
    Lucy Peppiatt - Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts
    Ben Witherington - Women and the Genesis of Christianity

    Follow Beth:

    · Twitter: @bethallisonbarr
    · Instagram: @bethallisonbarr
    · Facebook: Beth Allison Barr
    · Website http://www.bethallisonbarr.com

    Beth at Sarum College 6th April 2022

    · https://www.sarum.ac.uk/short-courses/forgetting-church-history/

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    Music written and performed by Dan Lawrence and produced by Lawrence Dinh

    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.



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  • Proverbs 31 talks about a ‘capable wife’. In this episode, Esther Zarifi talks to us about her findings when she analysed how the passage has been used to impact on Christian women today.
    Esther is a former RE teacher, who works for an education charity as leader in Religious Studies, focusing on GCSE and A level courses. She a member of her local Methodist church, and describes herself as ‘social justice advocate and active LGBT+ ally’. Esther has a keen interest in Biblical Studies since completing her MA in 2020.

    In the episode, Esther mentions:

    Beth Allison Barr, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel TruthHeidi Campbell, Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority (Media, Religion and Culture) Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical WomanhoodMadipoane Masenya, How Worthy Is the Woman of Worth?: Rereading Proverbs 31: 10-31 in African-South Africa: 4 (Bible and Theology in Africa)Christine Yoder, “The Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31.” Journal of Biblical Literature 122 (2003): 427-447., 2003, Journal

    You can contact Esther on:

    Twitter: @MissZarifi Instagram: @estie83LinkedIn – Esther Zarifi

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    Theme Tune
    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Alison is a lay woman who set up the Seeds of Silence project in 2016. Seeds of Silence exists to support and encourage Christians and others in developing a practice of silence-based prayer through on line and face-to-face workshops, discussion groups, training and a signposting website. The project was established as a response to Alison’s PhD research into contemporary Christian women’s intentional engagement in silence as a spiritual discipline. Her book about this is available as Women Choosing Silence: Relationality and Transformation in Spiritual Practice (Routledge, 2019).
    For more than 20 years Alison worked as a Music Therapist with young people with complex learning difficulties. Alongside Seeds of Silence, her work now focuses on spiritual accompaniment and a developing new project that offers additional one-to-one support to women doing doctoral research in theology. After nearly 25 years living in Bradford, she has recently moved to the Scottish Borders with her partner, Jasmine, and their cat, Maiya.

    Alison mentions the book: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.seedsofsilence.org.uk

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    Theme Tune
    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Valerie Hobbs has been a Christian for most of her life and said that she was brought up in a series of abusive church communities. She grew up around men who dehumanised and abused women, and also weaponised certain women against each other. Because of this, for a significant portion of her life, she was unable to read the Bible because she heard only the voices of these hateful men and women. She has spent the last 25-30 years deconstructing all the many layers of her upbringing. But she can also say that the testimony of her life is the enduring presence of the love of God. God has brought various people into her life over the years, who have adopted her into their love and friendship, and showed her the compassion and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. One such person is her husband Andrew, to whom she’s been married for 20 years.

    In her work life, she has been an academic for close to 20 years. She is a linguist at the University of Sheffield, and has particular expertise in religious language. She’s particularly interested in the ways religious language reveals our most sacred commitments in all their complexity. Her book on religious language was published earlier this year, and she has also published articles on such topics as religious language and disability, religious language and divorce, and religious language and violence against women. She also has a blog about the Bible and enjoys making short videos about themes in the Bible.

    You can follow Valerie:
    Twitter: @vhobbs5
    https://drvhobbs.com/
    https://lampofthelamb.com/

    Valerie’s book is ‘An Introduction to Religious Language: Exploring Theolinguistics in Contemporary Contexts’.

    She’s a research associate at the Centre for the Study of the Bible and Violence. The Academic Arm of the Centre aims to study questions appertaining to Bible and Violence deeply and rigorously in collaboration with scholars from different (or no) faith traditions, nationalities and academic disciplines. One of her most recent collaborations with the centre director, the Rev. Dr. Helen Paynter (a former speaker on the podcast), was an analysis of fascist rhetoric in connection with the violence carried out by a white supremacist mob at the United States Capitol in January, 2021. https://www.csbvbristol.org.uk/2021/01/12/qanon-christian-apocalypticism/?fbclid=IwAR0sCpsv8trk9hqjqQFbfdm4RTSq1eosLBSyk1tZXX_ZdRozrtNZPQVKFE4

    Listeners may also be interested in a piece that she wrote about the restricted set of largely invisible and unpaid work assigned to women which forms the backbone of a patriarchal system within organised religion, such as Christianity.
    https://www.csbvbristol.org.uk/2020/07/20/womens-holy-burden-and-patriarchy/

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the p

  • Revd Canon Eve Pitts is a Church of England vicar who, for the past six years, has been holding an “Ancestors Arise” ceremony in honour of those killed through the slavery and imperialism known as the African holocaust, or the Maafa. In this episode, she talks about honouring, remembering and celebrating her ancestors. She says that is takes courage to have a revolution.

    She has a husband, three children and two grandchildren. She loves music and poetry, and grew up in Nottingham.

    She mentions a poem by Maya Angelo, ‘Still I Rise’, which we have mentioned before on the podcast. If you want to see the power of this poem, there is a video of Maya Angelou delivering it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qviM_GnJbOM

    She is planning a conference about black women’s health and also another Ancestors’ service early next year.

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    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

  • Sheila Wray Gregoire is the face behind ToLoveHonorandVacuum.com, the largest single-blogger marriage blog. A sought-after speaker, she’s also an award-winning author of nine books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. Sheila has a Masters in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Sociology both from Queen’s University. Her podcast, Bare Marriage, has more than 5,000 downloads each week. Her latest book, “The Great Sex Rescue”, which she wrote with Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach and Joanna Sawatsky,
    summarises findings from a survey of 22,000 Christian women. It includes findings which shows how damaging some of the Christian teaching, particularly in American Evangelical books, is. The authors use research from literature to explain what good sex should be and how it works well for everyone.

    Sheila’s blog : https://tolovehonorandvacuum.com

    Other ways of finding Sheila's information:

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sheilagregoire

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/sheila.gregoire.books

    Twitter https://twitter.com/sheilagregoire

    You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdO1v4LdyqZV-m_VMlH5VGg

    In formation about the book: https://greatsexrescue.com/

    Email: [email protected]

    Another recommended book that Sheila mentions in the interview:

    The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment by Clifford Penner & Joyce Penner


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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her. In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]

    Theme Tune
    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.



  • This month, we are excited to introduce the new RGP team to you. We now have Alex & Amy who have joined Alison. In this shortened episode, Alex & Amy tell us why they wanted to join the RGP team and answer the set questions that we ask all of our guests.

    Buckle up and get ready for the new team, with some changes coming in the format and no doubt other changes on the way.

    We hope you enjoy listening to us and please remember to give us feedback.

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her. In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]

  • In this episode, Janey tells us about a study pack that she has written about Lucy Peppiatt’s book: Rediscovering Scriptures Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. She gives us an overview of Lucy’s approach to the Biblical passages that have often been used to put women in second place of importance to men.

    You can access the study pack by signing up to WTC’s free resources: www.wtctheology.org.uk

    She also talks about her work as the Chief Operating Officer of (Westminster Theological Centre) WTC, which is an interdenominational, charismatic theological college with a passion for making theology accessible to church members and leaders.

    Janey has had a varied career working for the third sector (mostly in humanitarian and development work working for the UN, charities and governments) and also worked as a researcher for Rob Parsons at Care for the Family, worked for local BBC radio, and set up and run several small businesses. She’s married with four adult children and a grandson.

    Janey mentions this blog post on 'God and Female Imagery': https://wtctheology.org.uk/theomisc/god-and-female-imagery/

    You can find out more about WTC:

    · Email: [email protected]

    · Twitter: @wtctheology

    · Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wtctheology/

    · Website: www.wtctheology.org.uk

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]

    Theme Tune
    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Judith Rossall is a tutor in preaching and church history at the Queen’s Foundation which trains people for ordained ministry. She is also a Methodist minister and describes herself as being happily single with a keen interest in gardening. Judith has recently had a book published called ‘Forbidden Fruit and Fig Leaves: Reading the Bible with the Shamed’ and shame in the Bible is primarily what the interview is about.

    Books mentioned in the interview:
    · Linda Radzik, Making Amends : Atonement in Morality, Law, and Politics (Oxford & New York, 2009).
    · Tarana Burke and Brené Brown, eds., You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience and the Black Experience: An anthology, 2021.

    The Transforming Shame Network
    Judith mentioned the Transforming Shame Network, which is a community of faith willing and wanting to share human experience, ministerial praxis, academic research and creativity with the hope of transforming shame within church and culture. They can be found on Facebook and YouTube and a website is being prepared and should be published shortly: www.transformingshame.co.uk. They welcome new members and can be contacted on [email protected]

    Find Judith at:
    Email: [email protected]
    Twitter: @judithrossall

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    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.

    In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at: [email protected]

    Theme Tune
    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • In this episode, Liz shares her passion for women preachers to preach differently and talks about her new book, written with Kate Bruce: Out of the Shadows: Preaching the Women of the Bible .

    Liz describes herself as a feminist theologian currently working on doctoral research about women’s preaching. She is on the committee for Women and the Church (WATCH), which I ask her about in the interview. Her job is Director of Studies for the Church of England in Chester Diocese.

    Liz’s book is published in June 21:

    Out of the Shadows: Preaching the Women of the Bible by Kate Bruce & Liz Shercliff

    Liz's previous book:

    Preaching Women: Gender, Power and the Pulpit by Liz Shercliff

    Liz also refers to some other books:

    Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary TrumpScars Across Humanity by Elaine StorkeyThe Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

    Campaigning groups:

    WATCH about women in the Church of England - https://womenandthechurch.orgWomen’s Equality Party - https://www.womensequality.org.uk The Fawcett Society - https://www.fawcettsociety.org.ukAmnesty International UK’s campaign about the UK Policing Bill - https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/uk-government-stop-assault-our-freedoms

    Find Liz at:

    Email: [email protected]: @lizshercliff

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    Mentioned in the Introduction
    Soundcloud podcast: Diverse Theology with Chine McDonald from the last podcast episode and Wilda Gafney who has written books that we haver recommended before: https://soundcloud.com/casey-strine/a-diverse-theology-gafney-mcdonald-podcast-production-posted

    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February 2021 the podcast is carrying on without her. We are still hoping to have new podcast co-hosts, maybe even a team. Could it be you? Do get in touch.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Chine McDonald is a writer, author, former journalist and head of public engagement at international development charity Christian Aid. She also sits on the boards of a few Christian charities: Greenbelt Festival, Christians in Media and Christians Against Poverty. Prior to Christian Aid, she worked at World Vision and before that as director of communications for the Evangelical Alliance. She studied Theology & Religious Studies at Cambridge University and is a regular BBC broadcaster – most often found presenting Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today programme. She’s the author of two books: Am I Beautiful? and God Is Not a White Man & Other Revelations (being published 27 May 2021). We talk about God Is Not a White Man & Other Revelations in this episode, which touches not only on God but on racism and particularly Chine’s experience as a black Christian woman.

    During the interview, Chine mentions David Olusoga’s book, Black and British: A Forgotten History published in 2017. It’s a book about the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean.

    There is also a version for children age 12+. It was published in 2020 and is called: Black and British: A Short, Essential history.

    Chine also mentions other books:

    · The Shack by Wm Paul Young, which Grace & I have talked about before because it’s such a powerful and challenging book. If you haven’t read it, it’s well worth a read.

    · Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, which is a 1937 novel about an African-American woman.

    Follow Chine

    · Twitter: @ChineMcDonald

    · Instagram: @Chinemerem2

    · Website: www.chinemcdonald.com

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February 2021 the podcast is carrying on without her. We are still hoping to have new podcast co-hosts, maybe even a team. Could it be you? Do get in touch.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]il.com.

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.



  • This month, Alison speaks to Charlotte Gibson. Charlotte is the host of The Women’s Theology Speakeasy Podcast and co-founder of The Women’s Theology Network. Her passion is in bringing academic theology to all women and helping them to engage in Bible Study which reflects their experience. At the Women’s Theology Network her aim is to resource Women’s Theology Groups and support them in setting up.

    You can find more information at:

    · Email: [email protected]

    · Twitter: @womentheology / @chachagibson

    · Facebook: facebook.com/thewomenstheologynetwork

    · Website: womenstheology.org

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    RGP History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February 2021 the podcast is carrying on without her. We are still hoping to have new podcast co-hosts, maybe even a team. Could it be you? Do get in touch.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at:

    · [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • In this episode Ruth Harley talks about the need for us to consider where our power is and how we use it as individuals and as churches. She is the co-author (with Al Barrett) of “Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In”, which challenges the status quo and encourages us to reconsider how we do church.

    Previously, she was a youth and children’s minister, with a particular interest in inter-generational church and is currently training at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham to be a priest in the Church of England.

    During the interview she mentions the following:

    Maggi Dawn's blog: https://maggidawn.net/2015/08/11/there-are-no-women-on-my-theology-bookshelf-2/A Bible passage about the Syrophoenician Woman - Mark 7.24-30Statistics for women interrupting men and vice versa - this recent-ish piece, includes links to some of the key research: https://time.com/5898144/men-interrupting-women/

    Ruth’s details:
    Email: [email protected]
    Twitter: @ruth_hw
    Blog: becausegodislove.wordpress.com

    Also, during October-November 2020 Al and Ruth, along with Sharon Prentis (a former RGP interviewee – see episode 8 from May 2020), led a series of conversations around “Being Interrupted”, as part of HeartEdge’s ‘Living God’s Future Now’ online festival. Recordings can be found on the HeartEdge Facebook page. They are hoping to do some more sessions in 2021, focusing on some of the areas they didn’t get round to covering in the book…

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    RGP History
    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February 2021 the podcast is carrying on without her. We are still hoping to have new podcast co-hosts, maybe even a team. Could it be you? Do get in touch.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Gabby Thomas talks to Alison about her research with small groups of women across different denominations and what she learnt from it.

    Gabby is a lecturer in Early Christianity and Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School. She is ordained in the CofE but has moved the US for a few years. She says that she loves teaching at Yale: the students are fantastic and moving to the U.S. is an adventure. Her academic work is integrated with faith so in one way or another her research is related to human flourishing. As a result of her research, her book is being published called For the Good of the Church: Unity, Theology and Women, which talks about her research of working with Christian women from different churches.

    Gabby’s book For the Good of the Church: Unity, Theology and Women is published by SCM Press on 28th February 2021. There is an online event to celebrate the book’s launch on Monday 8th March 2021 5.30-6.45 GMT, which just happens to be International Women's Day. As well as Gabby, it features Paula Gooder and Tina Beattie. If you would like to attend, you will need Zoom details—to receive them register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com

    If you would like to buy the book, there is a discount available but we do not know when the discount code expires so if you find the link and it no longer works, I’m afraid that you are too late. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/GOODWOMEN Enter the code GOODWOMEN to get a 20% discount.

    You can contact Gabby:

    Email: [email protected]
    Twitter: @womeninchurch

    If you want to know more about International Women’s Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com

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    Our History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February 2021 the podcast is carrying on without her. We were hoping to have a new co-host by now so do pray about who it could be. Could it be you?

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Laura Neale talks to Grace. Laura is passionate about community, specifically an inclusive, loving and accessible church community for all with chronic illness and disability.

    Laura established YouBelong which aims to provide:

    · an online support network of people who share the struggles and questions that arise from living as a christian with chronic illness and/ or disability.

    · spaces to discuss disability and chronic illness theology

    · a church who love and support

    It does this by supporting, connecting and empowering people through both faith based and community focused activities on social media and other digital platforms.

    YouBelong is also working towards charity status and engaging with churches to raise awareness of chronic illness and disability, encouraging them to consider inclusivity and accessibility in all their activities, on and offline.

    Follow YouBelong

    Email: [email protected]

    Twitter: @youbelong_2019

    Instagram: @youbelong_community

    Facebook: @youbelong2019

    Website: youbelong.org.uk

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    Our History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison both have some theological education, are members of a charismatic evangelical Church of England church and have a desire to explore what it is to be a Christian woman as a feminist today and the implications of that.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Rosie Hart talks to Grace about her decision not to work as a new mum. Until recently, she was CEO of Kairos Women Working Together, a charity in Coventry supporting women at risk of sexual exploitation and she also talks about that.

    You can follow the Recovering God Podcast

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    Our History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison both have some theological education, are members of a charismatic evangelical Church of England church and have a desire to explore what it is to be a Christian woman as a feminist today and the implications of that.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • In this episode, Alison interviews Nicola Slee about sabbath as a feminist issue. Nicola is a prolific writer on Christian feminist issues and a poet. She is a lay Anglican who has been involved in adult theological education and feminist groups and movements all her working life. Her latest book, Sabbath: The Hidden Heartbeat of Our Lives encourages us to take sabbath seriously and find our own way and pattern to do it.

    Nicola talks honestly about her own exploration and development of feminist issues. In the interview, she recommends some books to help people starting on a journey of exploring Christian feminism

    · Faith & Feminism: An Introduction to Christian Feminist Theology by Nicola Slee

    · Feminist Theology by Natalie Watson

    · The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    · Motherhood and God by Margaret Hebblethwaite

    We also talk about the image of Christa and mention her book Seeking the Risen Christa, which discusses the issue of representing the risen Christ as a woman. The book starts with a history of the Christa being used as an image.

    You can find more information about Nicola including information about her publications at http://www.queens.ac.uk/people/academic/nicola-slee

    You can follow the Recovering God Podcast

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    Our History

    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison both have some theological education, are members of a charismatic evangelical Church of England church and have a desire to explore what it is to be a Christian woman as a feminist today and the implications of that.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Rhiannon Grant talks to Alison about the language that we use for God in this episode. There is some background hissing during the interview that we haven’t been able to get rid of – many apologies!

    Rhiannon is a Quaker, an academic, and passionate about equality and integrity. She is an author and works for Woodbrooke, the Quaker study centre in Birmingham.

    Last year her book Telling the Truth about God was published, which talks about how we improve our ways of saying what we do know about God.

    Her new book, Quakers Do What! Why? is an introduction to Quaker oddities. Based on a question and answer format, it is for anyone who has learned a fact about Quakers - perhaps only that Quakers exist - and wants to know more.

    You can follow Rhiannon

    Email: [email protected]

    Twitter: @bookgeekrelg

    Instagram: rhiannonbookgeek

    Facebook: Rhiannon Grant/ https://www.facebook.com/rhiannon.grant1

    Website and blog: http://brigidfoxandbuddha.wordpress.com

    Professional profile: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn/postgraduate-study/academic-staff/staff-rhiannon-grant/

    Photo by Piangfan Angela Naksukpaiboon

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    Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.

    Grace & Alison both have some theological education, are members of a charismatic evangelical Church of England church and have a desire to explore what it is to be a Christian woman as a feminist today and the implications of that.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.

  • Grace talks to Dr Sanjee Perera who is a specialist in the field of church and how we think about it and has recently been researching how the Church of England navigates race through the 'Minority Anglicanism Project'.

    Follow this link some of the findings on the research: https://anglicanism.org/beyond-the-lych-gate-a-strategic-diagnostic-of-church-culture-and-practices-that-marginalise-and-disenfranchise-black-asian-minority-ethnic-people-in-the-church-of-england

    You can follow Sanjee on Twitter @sanjeeperera1

    Here is the link to the publication from the Minority Anglican Project - https://anglicanism.org/index-papers/current-affairs

    The episode also mentioned the following:

    · Mukti Barton's book on race and the church - Rejection, Resistance and Resurrection: Speaking Out Against Racism in the Church

    · Paintings by Harmonia Rosales - https://www.harmoniarosales.com

    · British Telecom advert from 1988 with Maureen Lipman – Ology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK5-2fPyCjA

    You can follow the Recovering God Podcast

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    Please remember to rate, subscribe and tell others who you think will be interested.

    If you have any comments, please let us know at [email protected]

    With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.