We have some exciting new developments for the Sophia Blog this coming year! One reason why Dan and myself enjoy editing the Sophia update is because you craft it; a network banding together to share, inspire and motivate one another to champion equality in the church for both men and women, whilst supporting one another in leadership.
That’s why in 2016; we want to make sure that you continually shape the content. On its way is a survey (a very short one!) where you can tell us what you really like/dislike and how the Sophia update can improve. Look out for this in our March update.
Another goal in 2016 is to provide content that empowers you in your leadership. Now, every two months, Tami Zacharias will share how she has been reflecting on her leadership and provide practical prompts to help you do the same and become more mindful leaders.
Tami invites you:
"Reflection is something we are not often aware of, but has the potential to transform our leadership. This bi-monthly Corner will explore different aspects of leadership through a reflective lens, with plenty of practical ideas to apply as you lead. While you're at it, why not add your voice to the mix through discussion? Let's reflect and learn together."
We look forward to collaborating even more this year, as we explore what it means to lead with integrity and with our full potential!
Lizzie Telfer: Co-editor and Trustee
Here’s what you had to say this month;
- the place to come when you don’t want to read
Beth Barnett responds to Matt Valler’s riff on the Bible and Gender. She didn’t fully agree and had more to add, especially on how our capitalist eyes perceive women in the ancient world...You can catch Matt Valler's first riff, on the same You-Tube playlist. Join in on the conversation here and of course across Facebook and Twitter!
Reflective Leadership Corner
- exploring leadership through a reflective lens
Tami Zacharias introduces the concept of Reflection and why it is important as a key feature on our leadership journey. Let her persuade you to join her in this month's reflective prompts. We'd love you to share where your reflection has led you.
– stories, thoughts and think pieces
Gemma Ruth Brown writes an inspired piece, exploring, 'Calling'. She leaves us with three offerings of encouragement.
– interviews, biographies on past and present leaders
I thought it only polite to properly introduce, Dan Crouch: Fellow Sophia Editor and Trustee. This is your chance to be nosy and get to know Dan a bit more.
– comments and stories in creative form
I got to know Carolyn Whitnall, when she contributed her poetry to the Sophia Poetics Month, in September. I'm delighted that she sent us another poem, a Sonnet in fact! I don't want to give away the meaning, as that would spoil the act of engaging with the poetry. However, it does make you think!
Events this month
Gender and Reconciliation Workshop: 11th-13th February
Find out more here