In just a few days we will have left our choices in a ballot box and a new government will be in place. I am always reflective as well as active when it comes to elections; the right to voting runs deep within my veins, inspired by my ancestor Lilian Lee who as a suffragette fought for women's rights to be heard at election time. Are you ready to make that decision? I wonder what your thoughts and actions are in regards to politics? Sara Hyde starts this month's update off by sharing what led her to get involved in politics and why giving a vote is only part of it.
Sophia's book review this month is from Steph Marfo, who delved into Cathy Madavan's new book, Digging for Diamonds: Finding Treasure in the Messiness of Life.
Finally, we interviewed the next Sophia trustee, Karen Openshaw, who shares her leadership story with us and her thoughts on balancing work, life and family.
Have a good month!
Lizzie - Trustee
There's lots going on around the Sophia Network:
(1) The Esther Collective
The Esther Collective is a new leadership and discipleship opportunity for all women aged 18-30s, launched by Girls’ Brigade Ministries. It is an opportunity to explore together what it means to live and to lead for Jesus today. (This short video gives a taste of the initiative). There will be two The Esther Collective Taster Days in May- in Birmingham and Huddersfield- and we’d love to see you there. For more information, take a look at The Esther Collective website, or email Charlotte on firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you’ll want to join us at one of these Taster Days to hear more about The Esther Collective, and to discover what God is calling you to do ‘for such a time as this’.
(2) Peter at Restored shares a request with the Sophia Network
The arts have long had an impact in ending violence against women because they create a medium for dialogue in a way that is unique. They provide important support for individual survivors and also bring awareness about the issue. We at Restored believe that this is an opportunity to draw creative contributions from all of you who choose to stand up with survivors of violence against women and those who seek an end to this issue. It is an opportunity to create a safe space, one that allows survivors to find healing through the telling of their stories. Creative performance and art can do this powerfully. Mere creation of a space for survivors (and those who support them and advocate their cause) to express themselves and heal might not feel like it’s going to end violence. But it is a step towards doing so. Let us challenge the silence that surrounds this issue. We are looking for creative arts contributions from our members and friends to celebrate our 5th birthday.
Please send us your contribution so that we can collect all your voices and celebrate them at various events during 2015. It can be an image/poem/song/poster/campaign/video… or whatever your creative juices inspire you to produce and as many as you feel like sharing!
Love is NOT abuse. Abuse is NOT Love. It’s time to stop the lies. Love is not fear. Love is freedom. Love is not humiliating or shaming. Love respects. It is time to stop the lies about love. It’s time to stop the abuse. It can happen to anyone. Even to Christians. You can send them to us with #LovenotLies or #inchurchestoo to our Twitter account @Rest0red or post them on our Facebook page or email them to us : email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
(3) Restoring Dignity Conference