As I write this month’s editorial it is hard not to reflect on what a momentous month June has been in the life of our country. Wherever you placed your cross on 23rd June in the EU referendum you can be in no doubt today that our country and is in a different, currently more uncertain, place today. We are looking for a new Prime Minister; the England men’s football team is seeking a new manager (while the Welsh have reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016) and Andy Murray is still in Wimbledon (at the time of writing!)
It is not only outside of Sophia that the world is changing. We have recently had to say goodbye to out trustee Steve Holmes as commitments outside of the network mean he is no longer able to devote the time he wants to Sophia. We thank Steve for his contribution to the board of trustees and know that he will continue to champion our work and gender equality in the future. We wish him well.
We are also saying farewell to my co-editor and trustee Lizzie Telfer, who needs to devote more attention to other projects that are beginning to gather momentum, again outside of the network. We are indebted to Lizzie for her work on the Sophia blog, for her vision, commitment and passion. We wish her the very best for the future.
There won’t be a Sophia update in August, but we will be back in September.
In the autumn, the board of trustees will be meeting to pray, think and discern the way forward for the network. Please do join us, wherever you are, in those prayers.
Sophia Network Equipping Day 2016
We do have an exciting equipping day planned for Saturday 17 September in Birmingham. Minister, author and speaker - Anne Calver - will be joining us to explore the theme - Outnumbered; Learning to Lean In. The event is free (we just ask for a donation to cover a yummy lunch). You can book online here.
Come and be inspired, equipped and encouraged to fulfil your leadership potentially by being authentically you.
This month we have two vlogs for you.
Chine McDonald discusses subconscious patriarchy and leaves us with a few examples of how she challenges the thoughts in her head.
Gemma Foster shares her thoughts on the Gender and the Bible conversation we have been hosting on the blog, adding her thoughts and insight.
Then Sarah Chestnutt shares her thoughts on Alli Worthington's book 'Breaking Busy'. Sarah read this and joined us at the online Book Club we hosted back in May.