‘They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.’ (Acts 1:14, NLT).
I read these words recently and I was struck by two elements in this one verse. The statement that the early Christian community were constantly united in prayer led me to wonder how much more united we might be if we placed prayer more intentionally at the heart of our communities? How much more effectively we might be equipped for leadership?
I was also struck that this verse mentions Mary the mother of Jesus and 'several other women' - it is yet another reminder from the scriptures of the central role of women in the early community of Christ's followers. The work of Sophia wishes to stand on the shoulders of those women who have gone before us in the faith, including those 'several other women' involved in the first gathering of Christian believers.
Now, I don’t know about you, but for me April has flown by and I can’t quite get my head around the fact that we've reached May already! May is an exciting month for Sophia as we hold our first online BookClub (details below). We are continually trying to explore and consider new and fresh ways of equipping the network and this is a new venture that we are excited about. Please do consider getting involved, and when you have done, we openly welcome your feedback.
The Sophia update is something that we want to ensure is relevant to you with content driven by the network so please do feel free to offer us some feedback by comment on the site, mentioning us on social media or by emailing the blog editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So please do grab a beverage of your choice and treat yourself to what the network has to offer this month...
Dan Crouch – Co-editor and Trustee.
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.
Here's what you had to say this month!
– stories, thoughts and think pieces
M.D. Wing (pseudonym) offers some thoughts on the up-coming EU vote in 'Brexit: Leave or Remain' that might help you as you think about how you might vote next month.
– tools to equip you in your leadership
We asked Jill Garrett to share her top five tips on leadership in the workplace.
What do you think of Jill's tips?
From the Archive
- Up-voted content from the Sophia Archives
The Sophia update has now got a wealth of articles and news, so every two months, we decided to ask one member to peruse the shelves and pull out an article that stood out to them. This month, co-editor and Trustee Dan Crouch pulled out Martin Hardwidge's 'Pastors have husbands too.' Take a look yourself and find out why Dan picked this one.