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franciscan - May 2005

© The Society of Saint Francis, 2005


Minister's letter

Community Routes


Gender Issues

When gender issues in society and the Church came to the fore, it precipitated an avalanche, carrying with it other marginalised and minority groups all seeking justice.  Also, in an increasingly global society, multicultural and multifaceted, we find God imaged variously, while most of traditional Christianity is still deeply imbued with masculine symbolism.  Two points may be made: the first, that God is Spirit and genderless but all-inclusive; the second, that every human being has both masculine and feminine traits requiring nurture.  Resolution depends on mutual recognition and appreciation.  In this issue we have an overview of the recent history of the women's movements, personal reflections and experience and an angle on the continuing debate.


A Rehabilitation of Eve by Jenny Daggers

Why on Earth is Gender still such an issue? by Terry Biddington

Praying like a Woman by Nicola Slee

Praying as a Man? by Mark Pryce

Till we all attain to a Perfect Man by Joyce CSF


Book Reviews


How to find your vocation - John Adair

Jacob and the Prodigal - How Jesus retold Israel's story - Kenneth E. Bailey

Meditation on a Theme -A spiritual journey - Metropolitan Anthony (Archbishop Anthony Bloom)

Common Worship: Collects and Post-Communions

Glory: The Spiritual Theology of Michael Ramsey - Douglas Dales

The Lindisfarne Icon - St Cuthbert and the 21st Century Christian - Helen Julian CSF

Adventures in Prayer Reflections on St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Thérèse of Lisieux -  Noel O'Donoghue

At Sea with God - Margaret Silf

Bernadette of Lourdes - Her life, death and visions - Thérèse Taylor

Troubled Joy - Lincolnshire Psalms - Derek Webster

Loved by love - Growing into Spiritual Health and Wholeness - Roy Williamson

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