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I missed the third Lenten Sunday mass as I was at the Women of the World – WOW Festival in London. It was quite an interesting and informative mix of speakers and topics.  My first feminist event.

The first session I attended was on Global Feminism: ‘Women and men are fighting for gender equality all over the world, but all too often, non western feminists are left out of the dialogue. But what mistakes does western feminism make in a global context, and what can it learn from its non western sisters?’  The panelists were, the chair of gender studies at SOAS Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, blogger Ms Afropolitan and writer and commentator Nisreen Malik discuss, chaired by author and journalist Hannah Pool. You can read a blog report on this session here.

Having developed an awareness of feminism through my theological studies I was quite surprise at the absence of religion from the various festival’s sessions.  There was a brief mention of religion in the Global Feminism session in relation to contraception education and distribution in different religious and cultural contexts.  Would have loved to hear more.

I have been learning of the influence of feminist theory on biblical studies and have been using feminist criticism as a tool of biblical analysis.  Hope to post a bit more on this in the future.

Well, I did try to catch an evening song and buzzed around several chapels but ended up at one with security guards with earpieces and another which was Church of Scotland and had no evening service (St. Saviour and St. Columba), then at St. Mary’s but I was too late for the Latin evening mass.

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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