It is a very exciting month for Sophia Network this month as we have our Vision Day with the new Trustees on 21st November, so please pray for this event. We are going to look at the way forward for the Network – taking on board some of the issues raised at our last Equipping Day in September. It would be great if you could pray for us to have a clear vision of where God is leading us over the next 5 years and that there will be unity as we move forward. One of our biggest issues as a Network is funding and so pray that we will get a clear sense of how we might take this area forward too.
This month we have some great articles for you:
- Iceland's Barbershop conference - Natalie Collins and Peter Grant give their views on a ‘men only’ conference following the announcement that Iceland are having a gender equality conference focussing on Violence Against Women, but only men will be invited. What do you think?
- Book review - Annie Stewart reflects on Gary Haugen's book The Locust Effect which explores the link between violence and poverty in the developing world.
- Q & A with Steve Holmes – Steve is a lecturer of theology in the University of St Andrews and one of our new Trustees. He shares his thoughts on egalitarianism, theology and why he has become a trustee of Sophia Network.
- Reflection on teamwork - Lizzie Telfer, another new trustee, writes a devotional on teamwork and how important it is to have gender equality in a team setting.
So there are lots of good things for you to read and comment on this month.
We also need your help this month.
Emma Whittaker – a member of Sophia Network – has asked us to advertise the following:
Best Beginnings - Baby Buddy are looking for women who are prepared to go on film to talk about their experience of low level post natal depression or maternal mental health issues. There is very little support for women suffering from these illnesses and so the films made will help support other parents, and also train midwives and health professionals. It is important that anyone interested in helping has the permission of their health care professional or a support network who will help them if needed during the process of talking about their experiences. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to help then please contact Anna Marriot, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07525 422 308, or Tim Dowse, by email to email@example.com or by phone on 07949 656 447
Chair of Trustees