Faith In Feminism

St Paul’s service to mark 20 years of female priests

Twenty years ago the first cohort of female priests were ordained by the Church of England. It was on 12 March 1994, to be exact. This Saturday, May 3rd, a landmark procession and service will be held in London to celebrate [...]

May 1, 2014 Christianity

“The hijab is an expression of my feminism”

In this interview I chat with Mira, a convert to Islam. For her own privacy, we will only use her first name. We explore the topic of modesty, the hijab and what this means to her. She has faced criticism [...]

February 2, 2014 Islam

Reflections on World Hijab Day 2014

Today, in various locations around the globe, many participated in World Hijab Day 2014. I heard about it from a number of my Muslim female friends, many of whom have experienced abuse on the streets as a result of choosing [...]

February 1, 2014 Islam

Channel 4’s Sabbiyah Pervez

Sabbiyah Pervez is 23, a British Muslim with Pakistani heritage, a graduate in Philosophy and Politics and a feminist. She was part of Channel 4’s series Make Bradford British. [To the reader: A quick reiteration –  the aim of the Faith In Feminism [...]

October 31, 2013 Islam, Women's voices

Where can priests & clergy go if they lose their faith?

The Clergy Project is fascinating; it’s a confidential online community founded in 2011 for active and former clergy who have lost their supernatural beliefs. The community’s 500 plus members use the network to discuss what it’s like being an unbelieving [...]

October 6, 2013 Atheism, Women's voices

Women airbrushed from Church history?

Today’s Christianity may seem hierarchical and male dominated. Was this the case back in the earliest days of the Church? Did women play a bigger role back then, and have they become invisible due to the male authors of our [...]

October 4, 2013 Christianity, Women's voices

Feminism & beauty – interview with Chine Mbubaegbu

Does Christianity free women to be beautiful inside and out, or stifle and repress self-worth and self-expression? Chine Mbubaegbu is a writer, speaker and author. Her new book “Am I Beautiful?” has just been published by Authentic Media. Chine is [...]

October 2, 2013 Christianity, Women's voices

Linda Woodhead despairs of the Church’s paternalism

Linda Woodhead MBE is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University and organiser of the Westminster Faith Debates. She’s been described by the Royal Society of Arts as ‘one of the world’s leading experts on religion’. Her research into [...]

September 29, 2013 Christianity, Women's voices

A bold appraisal of Sikh culture vs Sikh religion

In its teachings, Sikhism is strongly in favour of gender equality. But is it like this in every day reality for Sikh women? Harjit Sarang is Family Law solicitor with a specialism in Parenting and Fertility Law for LGBT and [...]

September 26, 2013 Sexuality, Sikhism, Women's voices

Synod, WATCH & Women Bishops

Ruth Chapman is on the WATCH National Committee (Women And The Church); an influential group in the UK campaigning for women’s equality within the Church of England. Ruth is passionate about the need for women bishops – a belief is [...]

September 25, 2013 Christianity, Uncategorized, Women Bishops, Women's voices