Thursday evening met will some Muslim ladies & others organising a Women's Centre and faced with false accusations:
Saturday evening with a Black majority church (woman pastor) for a fund raising event - lots of energy and enthusiasm, with great hospitality; great giving.
Sunday pm a Muslim organised Charity Dinner with fund raising auction, some lovely articles donated for the auction: art, jewelry, autographed cricket bat. All in aid of Kashmir Orphans Trust which is rebuilding schools for bots and girls post earthquake plus a hospital and providing for other needs. Over 21K raised as well as 20 direct sponsorships at £35 per month per child for one and more years.
It was all a great challenge, but don't suppose any will hit the headlines even in the local rag.
Next weekend I hope to be preaching on God speaks in many ways - and He hasn't finished yet.
Really interesting. Seems you have lots of active women in your communities. What do you think keeps people from hearing this amazing work?
Yes there are some active women, although maybe they are not all working together. Nonetheless I do notice some changes with current generation muslim ladies eg they can speak out and they make eye contact, once considered offensive.
A minister friend is proposing to do a paper on the role of women in the Church and I do try to pass on your comments to her.
A muslim lady, who about 15 years ago first drew my attention to problems facing her generation, is trying to set up a muslim women's council but she is a very busy lady. Plus I suspect the women of her generation are reluctant to change
Your question: well the local newpaper wouldn't print anything and I am still wondering whether to email my latest piece to our local church leaders. I doubt whether any of them read this website
Is there a way to get local church leaders using this website? It seems like it could be such a useful tool for information sharing and ideas exchange as well as giving us connections that can really make a difference to our work. I know that you've already encouraged people to join. I wonder if there is an incentive we can try to encourage more use of the site...
To be honest Ruth I just don't know how to get any Burton upon Trent folk interested in anything outside their
immediate areas _ or even in those. I guess I have tried for so many years in Churches, Trade Unions, Education and Inter Faith.
I was hoping/still hope that your thoughts about the role of women might start something going.
In fact, currently, I am very much involved with trying to support some Muslim Women who are faced with terrible
accusations. But then I have to "shut off" for a while since I have a church service in Derbyshire - theme
"God speaks in many ways --" and then " He hasn't finished yet" So will be back