Amidst chemical weapons ‘surrender’, open letters and crime agency openings and all other current events you may expect me to write about today let’s just consider this a blog-birthday post of sorts!
I started writing here to keep a habit of reading and writing – publishing regularly is a discipline- one that’s sometimes hard to keep. I wasn’t sure how it all worked and whether it would be a worthwhile space to write in. I have found it surprisingly satisfying and a really fulfiling process. There is so much more reading and writing that I do and want to do in other places, but writing here introduces me to people who are reading and writing along similar themes, not always in agreement and putting it out there creates some kind of accountability and relationship. I’ve read pieces here and there about the brutality of social media and the blogosphere for female writers and thinkers, or the pressure to join a ‘click-bait’ culture or jump on a bandwagon. People have said to me ‘oh blogs are old school/over/dead’ and this has really not been my experience. I read mostly North American blogs regularly and there I can see how blog culture is developing and evolving but is very different to the way we in the UK respond to online content. I reckon there are more layers and ways of sharing, writing, reading, connecting and discovering to be had and I’d been keen to see more UK and Irish writers and readers forming community and connections online and via physical engagement as well as looking across the ocean for comment, movements, activisim and faith conversations.
This is a complex space here because it tells tales of old evangelicalism, of liberal socialist politics or beautiful queer art, theology and perspective. Here are stories of sexy bodies and of marriage and of poverty. It’s got very few answers or beliefs, only ideas. It’s confident and uncertain at the same time, arrogant and insecure. It’s got no niche following, just various readers around the world who relate and respond.
I’m planning my projects and pieces here today andI’m letting you peer over my shoulder at the scribbled notes. I can be incredibly procrastinatory about difficult themes and topices and think that scheduling may be something to make me publish. I’m sharing here what’s to come between now and Christmas and I’d be keen on your views, comments and ideas too:
- Preaching Hate? – Same -Sex attraction, relationships and the evangelical church in two parts
- When We Were on Fire synchroblog – A gathering of stories about how people were/are measured according to the ‘power of your passion’ and your ‘on fire’ days (click above if you want to participate on Tuesday 15th October see the trailer for the book below)
- The Dangerous Teaching series continues with two pieces on Deconstruction and Persecution
- Book review of When We Were on Fire – Addie Zimmerman (watch the trailer)
- Jesus Feminist? – The benefits and limits of current consciousness raising in the evangelical church
- Book reviews of A Year of Biblical Womanhood – Rachel Held Evans & Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey
- A week long series on Gender
- A conversation series with Dave Magee about gender dynamics in the Northern Ireland context, conflict and peace building.
A Body and the Sacred series for Advent:
- Food & Size
- Masturbation & Orgasm
- Sickness & Health
- Pregnancy & Birth
Is there anything you’re looking forward to? or anything you’d like to request or suggest?