Bekah, tell us about a bit about yourself.
I’m a bit of a Jack of all trades trying to find something to master – I am trained as a History teacher but currently go into schools delivering workshops looking at sex and relationships, I run a discipleship group for 15-18 yr olds in my community and I am Editor of Liberti magazine. Above all of that I am Mum to six great kids who practically constitute a youth group in themselves!
Why did you feel there was a need for a magazine for Christian women?
While I’m a bit reluctant to admit that I followed my husband’s lead; that is actually what I did. Steve created Sorted Men’s magazine four years ago and since then so many women have asked if he could produce a women’s equivalent. It had never really crossed my radar before, but as more and more women asked, I looked into it and realised that there was very little out there for women like me. Liberti actually existed before we were given it; it was created by Bev Murrill who is an inspirational powerhouse of a woman! Just as I was beginning to get really excited by the potential of a new women’s magazine, Bev emailed us and asked us if she could hand Liberti to us. The rest as they say is history.
What’s your vision for Liberti magazine? What type of women’s magazine is it?
Ultimately I want Liberti to be a rally cry for Christian women around the world. Liberti comes from the Latin word for freedom and I want to liberate women in this country to be all that they were created to be by holding up great role models and elevating the debate about the role of women in the church. Then I want to inspire these women to address issues of oppression and gender inequality around the world. It’s a big dream but globally women do two thirds of the world’s work, receive 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the means of production. That doesn’t add up. Millions of women face a battle to survive from the moment they are conceived and in this country we are in the privileged position of being able to do something to change that. I can’t think of a single good reason why we shouldn’t.
What are you most excited about in the next issue?