Happy Easter to all members of Sophia Network from your trustees!
The journey that Christians make in Holy Week through Good Friday and on to Easter Sunday is an important journey for those who seek to follow Christ. As the years go by I realise that different elements of this narrative become prominent each year as I choose to engage with Jesus’ journey. As we move in the space of seven days from the celebration of Palm Sunday to the confused jubilation of Easter Sunday via the Last Supper, betrayal and the despair and darkness of the cross, something always stands out. This year, I worked with a group of young people to produce a dramatised reading based on Luke 24: 1-12. As the young people brought this to life, I was struck anew by the central participation of women in the resurrection account and found myself asking a number of questions. Why would Jesus choose to reveal his resurrection first to women? Was he trying to communicate something in particular? Does it matter?
This is something that the creative Carolyn Whitnall develops in her contribution to Inventive this month - Reheard.
This update will arrive with you about ten days after Easter Sunday but we remain in the season of Easter. Just as we celebrated International Women’s Day last month – and it is great to have a day with such a focus – the work of equality much like the work of resurrection – is recognised on a particular day but should be and needs to be evident every day.
So grab a cup of tea or coffee, treat yourself to a bit of Easter chocolate (if you've got any left) and have a look at what the network has to offer this month...
Dan Crouch – Co-editor and Trustee.
Here's what you had to say this month!
- the place to come when you don’t want to read
Dr Claire Rush reviews Alli Worthington's book Breaking Busy with the honesty and challenge that we have come to expect from Claire. We are also introduced to the latest initiative from Sophia - BookClub.
Reflective Leadership Corner
- exploring leadership through a reflective lens
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they didn't have any.' (Alice Walker). Tami Zacharias returns with her bi-monthly contributions to the network focussing on power but approaching this from a slightly different perspective than you might anticipate.
– stories, thoughts and think pieces
Sophia Trustee and third sector development specialist Karen Openshaw writes on the negative aspects of power in leadership.
– interviews, biographies on past and present leaders
The incredibly talented and insightful Laurel Siebels shares candidly about her work, ministry and experience. While this is a slightly longer contribution than usual, there is so much gold to be found in this interview that we wanted to share it in its complete form with you.
– comments and stories in creative form
The super-talented Carolyn Whitnall offers us 'Reheard' a verse about the resurrection witness that invites us to engage afresh with this familiar story.
What is Bookclub
Bookclub is a new Sophia Network event, creating space for us as a network to reflect together over new books that provoke thought about gender equality and inspire us to grow and be empowered as leaders.
Join us on Wednesday 11th May, 7pm-8pm, for our first ever Sophia Bookclub!
Register by following this link
Dr Claire Rush will facilitate the discussion and you will have chance to submit questions prior to the Hangout.
The Book for the first Bookclub is Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington http://breakingbusy.com/
1. Sign up here, to be a part of the online discussion, over Google Hangouts On Air
2. Grab a copy of Breaking Busy and read before 11th May http://breakingbusy.com/
3. We will send you details of how to log into the Hangout, a few days before the live event.
Hannah Fytche, a regular contributor to the network, is having her first book published on 22nd April. In God's Daughters Hannah takes six issues that each come with their own pressures - school, image, friends, family, church and our personal relationships with God. Hannah writes from personal experience and explores how we don't need to be 'good enough' by the standards of others but simply need to let God strengthen us to keep going.
God's daughters is currently available for pre-order.
Sophia will be featuring an article from Hannah in our June update.