Virtus Lecture: Nicola Coombe “Religion and the Oppression of Women”

Nicola Coombe: Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 7:30pm in the Newman Chapel at Ealing Abbey, Marchwood Crescent, W5 2DZ

“Religion and the Oppression of Women: The Resilience of Women’s spirituality.”

Rev Nicola Coombe

Rev Nicola Coombe

Nicola Coombe is Focaliser of One Spirit Interfaith Foundation

Virtus lecture 6 June 2017

“The authentic spirituality of women runs its course through their actual lived experiences – in their bodies, in relationships, in the rhythms of being part of this earth. While much feminist discourse has analysed the role of patriarchy, sexism and oppression in religious institutions, much less attention has been given to the positive role that spirituality and religion have played in giving access to an enormous resilience in many women’s lives as they relate to their faith traditions.”

Nicola will focus on how women may embody strength and resilience as they relate to their faith traditions. Seeking for and believing in religiosity and spirituality provide a framework among many women for making sense of the world and coping with life events. Nicola focuses on the work of women who have begun to examine the intersections of theology, psychology, spirituality and ministry.

Nicola’s work is influenced by being both South African & British and by the socio-political, spiritual & natural landscapes that these identities bring. Her educational background scans degrees in Social Work; Psychology & English; an MBA in which her thesis, awarded with honours, explored the inner process of change; and in her ordination as an interfaith minister in 2004. She is Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation.

We are very grateful to Nicola for coming to speak on this important topic.

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25 March 2017 JL