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Typepad (the hosting service for this blog) is being overrun by spam comments at the moment. I am getting 100's a day that are not being detected. Therefore I have turned on comment moderation for a while. I don't like... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at 42
Applying the principle of it being easier to get forgiveness than permission I bought some new toys now that I have a new phone (Samsung SIII Mini). So the phone now has a 32gb memory card and an Android App... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at 42
For a while now we have been struggling to hear dialogue properly when watching dvds or the tv. After applying a bit of thought it was quite obvious we have been using the TV speakers since our very old surround... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at 42
Jamie, As I showed by quoting from the flyer and the Bristol CU events calendar the title given in the tweets and on the flipchart was different. My irritation is caused by your condescending and dismissive comment that minimises the equality of 50% of humanity as "some past bad practice and the tabloid student journalism". You clearly have no idea how important this issue is to reaching people with the gospel message. Instead of dismissing those "heckling students" it would be better to be properly listening to their experience that the CU has been seen as worse than irrelevant, in fact as totally negative because of it's position on gender. When the UCCF do is irrelevant when the CU is what students actually see. What the UCCF could and should be doing is helping those 19 year olds understand the impact on the gospel of their bad decisions and not allowing problems to exist for years.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on Exciting progress at Bristol CU at 42
Jamie, "Passing hecklers may not be representative of the student body but its fair to say the CU's reputation with some may well have suffered from some past bad practice and the tabloid student journalism but the real story is what's actually happening." Several hours have passed since I first read this. Yet my irritation with such condescension and lack of understanding has not calmed down much. A salutary lesson in missing the point.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on Exciting progress at Bristol CU at 42
Absolutely with you on the subject matter. Realistically the first time you have a woman allowed to speak that will be the subject. Key test is what happens next.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on Exciting progress at Bristol CU at 42
So I have just learned from twitter that Bristol CU have had a woman speaker. Wonderful news! The programme for tonight has clearly been changed from "CU: Equip - Big Question: How can Jesus be the only way? 07/03/2013 7:30... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at 42
The Church of England does many things well, there are also lots and lots of wonderful people doing great stuff in the Church of England. But there is a but. Take the Faith in Conflict Conference that I am at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at 42
Dear Team Leader, I intend to continue my survey of CU's and Women Speakers that I started with the South West Region (see my posts: 42: University CU's and women speakers (SW Region) and 42: Updates on Women Speakers in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at 42
BWAHOA, Apology accepted.
BWAHOA, Messy Church was awesome. See this
In comments on my post 42: Basic mis-understandings around Women as speakers two people are trying to distract us from gender equality in a variety of ways. BWAHOA attempts to distract me by diverting the discussion onto sexuality and then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at 42
BWAHOA, "Two years with a female president (one when I was on exec) and several female speakers." Several women speakers in 2 years? How many is several? How does that fit with my points in the "Next" section of this post?
Yr Ieithydd: "This reduces the pool of women who speak in church who can speak at CU meetings." BWAHOA: "That has been my point all the way along." 2 responses a) If you have made a public commitment to equality then even if it is harder you put enough effort in to make sure that you have women speakers. b) If you claim to be for "ALL" Christians but you discover your Doctrinal Basis is preventing lots of Christians from being speakers for you then logically you would either review that Doctrinal Basis or cease to claim to have a vision and strategy of uniting All Christians. Clearly can't have both. Of course it can't be that difficult to find women to speak. As people have been pointing out we currently have no evidence in the SW region for any CU's apart from Bristol not having women speakers. It is unlikely that there are no women speakers able to get to Bristol when they can manage to get to Bath for example.
Just home from a fantastic afternoon and evening at Rothley Methodist Church. We started with Messy Church at 3pm. This was only our second Messy Church (4th Saturday every month 3pm til 5pm) yet we had 24 kids and 19... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at 42
BWAHOA, Busy at packed Messy Church. Reply later
Anon, Where did I say fault?
Rhflan, It depends. Larger universities often have a range of Christian Societies. Part of the problem is that CU's try to position themselves as "The" Christian Society.
BWAHOA, I am pretty sure I have been clear that equality matters across every area of human diversity. However, just to be clear here. Equality applies to gender, age, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, disability etc etc The only qualification for Church leadership that matters at the end is to be called and equipped by God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course the way that Churches and individuals discern, explore, affirm and celebrate such a call and equipping varies and can be complicated. No I am not worried about alienating people :-) Try searching my blog for words such as homosexuality. I have written plenty about it.
Tom, I had trouble thinking of how to word that one. It is not about the size of the CU but about it's range of events. If you invite women speakers to only certain types of events or to speak on only some issues then there is not equality. [Update] I have updated the post. I hope it is clearer now.
Anon, Updated. Also see my new post "Updates on Women Speakers in CU's in the South West" Joe, I am not sure what to do about that. I don't want to write off CU's that the UCCF list without some evidence that I can point to.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on University CU's and women speakers (SW Region) at 42
I have been updating my blog post 42: University CU's and women speakers (SW Region) as I have received comments from people (some polite for which my thanks, some not so polite which I have not ignored). There is good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at 42
Tanya, Thanks. I hadn't made the connection between Marjon and St Mark and St John. Am updating the list.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on University CU's and women speakers (SW Region) at 42
BWAHOA, There is a search box in the side bar of this bog. Try using it to search for equality. I have written a lot about it!
Anon, Do you realise that you have just compared allowing women to speak at a CU to allowing someone to speak about pornography!