Loving (God) Fiercely: LEFT's Weekend with Rosie Miles 24 - 26 May 2019
LEFT - LGBTQI Women Exploring Faith Together - have a treat lined up for their annual weekend gathering in May at Holland House in Worcestershire. Rosie Miles, who preached so powerfully at our AGM last year, will be leading a weekend entitled 'Loving (God) Fiercely' and there's still time to book - it promises to be a great weekend. This is what LEFT have said about the event:
As Elizabeth Stuart famously wrote in the opening Preface to Daring to Speak Love’s Name: A Gay and Lesbian Prayer Book (1992), “Liturgy is dangerous”. Women and LGBTQ+ people have long been aware of how our lives and experiences are often rendered invisible in the words and rituals of received church liturgies. Conversely, we know the power of hearing ourselves named and speaking our own truths in spaces and places marked out for ‘worship’. This weekend we will consider what makes for feminist/lesbian/queer liturgies with heart and soul, and we will create some of our own. How can we “hear each other to speech” (as Nelle Morton said) to honour our relationships with each other and the divine?
Rosie Miles is a poet and academic. She taught English Literature for 20 years at the University of Wolverhampton and alongside her interests in Victorian literature, gender theories and contemporary poetry Rosie has long also had an interest in feminist and queer theologies. With Nicola Slee she co-edited Doing December Differently: An Alternative Christmas Handbook (2006) and her poems/liturgies have appeared in numerous Wild Goose anthologies. As a poet Rosie has been widely published in journals and her debut pamphlet was CUTS (HappenStance, 2015). She likes radishes. And jelly. Though generally not together.
You can find out more about the weekend, which is open to all women, on the LEFT website here; bursaries are available from LEFT if that would help make attendance possible for you.