Inclusive Online Gathering and Q&A Discussion with Guest: Nicola Slee – 11 October @4pm & 5:15

On Sunday, 11 October on FB Live & YouTube we’ll be taking a break from our series on ‘story’. As always, we’ll share stories, songs and spiritual reflections, but will also be joined by a special guest speaker, Nicola Slee. We’re excited that Nicola will also be joining us for a Q&A session after our main gathering on Zoom at 5:15.  UPDATE: The recording of the Q&A session is also linked below.

Nicola Slee is a feminist theologian, poet and author whose new book  is called Fragments for a Fractured Time: What Feminist Practical Theology Brings to the Table. She is Director of Research at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theology and Professor of Feminist Practical Theology in the Faculty of Religion at VU Amsterdam.

Welcome (Julia & Sam)

Song – Enemy of Apathy (Danielle, Ali & Ellie)

Question for Sharing (David & Nettes)

Have you ever experienced a surprising or mysterious answer to a prayer?

Prayer – (Sam)

Reading –Genesis 32:22-31 (Nona)

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. 23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions. 24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” 28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,[c] because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” 29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel,[d] and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.

Poem – On seeing Edwina Sandys’ Christa (Nicola Slee)

She is here

at last

over the altar


this body I have known

all my life

but did not receive ’til now


the strange beauty

of her dark, muscular form

her shadowed, lowered face


She hangs solid as any human body

her bronze form glinting in light

from the February sky


The pilgrims come and go

kneeling before her

or sitting long in her presence


Suspended, wide open

body of woman

given for us


She is the one

raised, reviled, rejected

risen among us


She will never cease

her witness

within and beyond us


The mass that is only just beginning

will never have an ending

at last we may go in peace

Reflection– Knowing & Unknowing – Relating to the Mysterious and Elusive God (Nicola Slee)

Love Feast (Danielle)

Song – Indescribable (Eeek)

What’s Coming up (Julia & Sam) *

Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”

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