I'm off to Spring Harvest later this week to lead the creative Bible readings at Minehead week 2, so my focus has been on preparing for that rather than updating this blog - apologies. But thankfuly there's plenty of wisdom and good writing about, so I wanted to point you towards three excellent blog posts:
- Jody Stowell writes about YHWH as Mother on her blog, saying 'I have to say that i've never really found the concept of God as Mother particularly inspiring', but then explaining how her perspective has changed.
- Ruth Wells does a fantastic response to David Willett's view that feminists are to blame for a lack of social mobility. She says, 'I must admit reading his comments I have been convicted of my own heinous crimes in seeking an education, securing work, hoping to be a positive influence within my community and bringing up my children in partnership with my husband. I now know that the young people I meet who are faced with a continued bleak future without work, debilitated by lack of prospects and left feeling hopeless, are in that position because I am a feminist.'
- And then Dave Westlake shares his thoughts on bathrooms and childcare, after being praised for looking after his own children and cleaning his own home. He says, 'We certainly need to do much better at gender equality in the workplace. The casual put downs, exclusions and need to perform better that many women still face is a sin and calls for repentance. But maybe as men we also need to take seriously the other side of the creation mandate. Men and women were together called to family and work. Maybe part of the key for women taking up their full authority in the workplace is for men to take up their full responsibility at home.'