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Conference Organiser Natalie Collins
Beside Ourselves Collective is Fourth Monkey graduate Eleanor Young and LISPA trained Kate Mounce. They make energetic, female-led, devised clown theatre that plays with themes of embodiment, female empowerment and faith. Colluding with their personal clowns and the healing power of laughter, they tackle complex topics in inventive and surreally comic ways. Using their audiences, their singing voices, material from their unconscious, dancing, puppetry, improvisation and myth they find ways of staging layered stories and epic human experiences.
Beside Ourselves Collective
Yvonne Michèle is a radio presenter, singer, storyteller and a behaviour & communication specialist, working with women and girls who are survivors & thrivers of physical & sexual abuse to help them discover their true authentic voice, find the power in their own story and create a platform to be heard.
Catrina is the Director of Services at Mercy UK and oversees the leadership and direction of their residential and support services, training and discipleship resources and pastoral support of church partnerships.
Poet in Residence
Rev Ruth Wells
Dr Elaine Storkey
Author of Scars Across Humanity; understanding and overcoming violence against women, Elaine is the author of nine books. She is a philosopher-theologian, broadcaster, , speaker, global justice-seeker, academic, peace-maker, and a Christian Feminist. She is a Shero, and those who work for women's liberation within evangelical Christianity stand on her courageous shoulders.
Dr Steve Holmes
Steve is Head of the School of Divinity at St Andrews University. which is placed amongst the very best departments in the world by international rankings. He has published widely across many areas of Christian theology, including evangelicalism, the doctrine of God, sexual identity and ethics, and many areas of historical theology. He is also on the leadership team of his local Baptist church.
Dr Margaret Barker
Margaret is a Biblical scholar and methodist preacher and has developed an approach to Biblical studies known as Temple Theology. She has written 17 booksand was involved in the Queen's Hall Women's Hostel in Derby (which opened in 1977) until 2007. It was a Christian charity providing refuge for women who had been subjected to abuse.
Mark is a priest in the Church of England. A former youthworker, he has worked with BAME young men and with young offenders in inner-city Manchester. He currently works developing fresh expressions of church in south Manchester, and is a friend of the L'Arche community. He is passionate about men learning from and growing through engagement with feminism.
Selina is a tutor and lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus and a PhD student with the University of Birmingham, her
research explores Pentecostalism and social and political engagement.
Andrew has worked extensively in television and radio as a producer, presenter and commentator and he lectures in media and cultural analysis at universities. He provides media consultancy services to voluntary sector organisations. Three years ago Andrew broke the story of abuse of young men by the Christian barrister John Smyth, in a series of reports on Channel 4 News. Since then he has walked through life with John Smyth’s victims, together with a large number of other male victim and survivors of abuse in a church context.
Omari describes himself as a research scholar who is involved in practical theological research. He has a particular interest in matters relating to disadvantage, gender, sexuality, intersectionality and multiple sources of oppression. He is in the write-up stage of his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education. His work examines the heart and soul of Black queer Christian men in Black Pentecostal churches in the UK and their lived experience of God.
Vicky Walker writes and speaks about culture, society, modern relationships and domestic abuse, in faith and mainstream media. She advises organisations on creative and engagement, facilitates the Gathering of Women Leaders, hosts a London-based faith community for people working in the arts, and is part of Project 3:28. Her next book explores the impact of faith on personal relationships.
Other contributors will be confirmed soon