Today is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the amazing (often unsung) women of the world. But in a pretty German town, the local Christian bookshop was vandalised last night – windows were broken and “Down with the Patriarchy” was daubed on the door, in the name of feminism. It is the sixth … Continue reading Some days I feel like knitting
I was just about to log on for an early morning conference when into the What’s App chat of the organising team came an odd message from one of the team. There was a picture of Kamala Harris swearing her oath as the next vice president of the United States. She had her right hand … Continue reading Foolishness and Falsehood
We all yearn to live in unity and lots of us seem to think that disputes won’t happen because we are trying to be ‘nice Christians’ or ‘tolerant’ or ‘woke’. But we do disagree on lots of things from personal taste to political attitudes to ethical issues. It is inevitable that my cultural upbringing in … Continue reading Disagreeing well
“He does not talk simply to hear his own voice, or pick arguments just to win them. He understands honour but does not boast of his own…he has studied the world without despising it. He understands the world without rejecting it. He has no illusions but he has hopes. He does not sleepwalk through his … Continue reading She does not sleepwalk through life
freedom to express ideas that others may not agree with, is being eroded more and more by populist politicians on the right – Putin, Bolsanaro or Trump. But also by commentators and opinion setters on the left who want us to tolerate difference as long as that difference aligns with their agenda.
My lockdown strengths (in no particular order) I can be an introvert without feeling second-class. Sitting in virtual meetings without the need for small talk over coffee is quite releasing. There is zero correlation between being a talker and having good ideas! (but tell that to an extrovert) The new zoom etiquette of being muted, … Continue reading Strengths in lockdown
It has been noted that nations handling the Covid19 pandemic the most effectively are often led by women eg New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Taiwan and Denmark. And lots of my friends have gleefully reported this fact on facebook posts to signal that here is proof that women are better than men! Is the link between … Continue reading Why we need women decision makers
What real messages of hope can we give at this time of global crisis, while recognising the pressures and fears facing women in particular?
Men have wrecked the world - wouldn't it be better if women ruled, wouldn't we all be better off? Well, if women follow the same competitive rules as leaders now, the answer is No. We don’t just need to change the gender of leaders, to have more women CEOs or scientists, MPs or bishops, we … Continue reading If women ruled the world
In a year dominated politically by uncertainty, rancour and lies, I want to end the year with joy. Joy is promised by the angels in Bethlehem to the shepherds. You may be a bit surprised by my joy list – it’s not exactly toe-tapping happiness. But it hints at the deep abiding hope and … Continue reading What does Joy look like this Christmas