OUT OF CONTROL
#metoo #churchtoo #ustoo?
Dr Elaine Storkey
Dr Bex Lewis
Dr Margaret Barker
Rev Margaret Wilkinson
Poet in residence - Rev Ruth Wells
Artist in residence - Lily Clifford
Theatre - Besides Ourselves Collective
A one-day conference for anyone interested in a Christian faith perspective on male violence with a focus on domestic abuse and wider themes of #metoo and #churchtoo. This event also celebrates the launch of "Out Of Control", a new book by Gender Justice Specialist, Natalie Collins.
23rd March 2019
9.30am - 6pm
St George in the East
14 Cannon St Rd, Whitechapel
Early bird £40 (until 23rd Dec)
Low Income £20
Full price £50
Pay It Forward tickets available
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.
Rev Margaret Wilkinson
Margaret is co-chair of Broken Rites, an inter-denominational and international organisation which supports divorced and separated spouses of members of the clergy. Margaret has been a member of Broken Rites since 1987. She qualified as a doctor in 1970 and worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a special interest in brief solution=focused family therapy until 2001. She was ordained in 1998 and has worked both in parish ministry and as a prison chaplain.
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 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.
Karen is the Head of Consultancy at Thirtyone:eight (formerly CCPAS) and has worked as a Social Worker for 18 years mainly in the voluntary sector with children and families impacted by abuse. Karen holds a BSc Hons degree in Behavioural Sciences, and a Diploma in Social Work and has worked as a Supervising Social Worker supporting foster carers and managing placements for Looked After Children. Karen has volunteered in children’s and youth work for over 20 years and is an active member of her local Baptist Church where she held the role of safeguarding co-ordinator.
Peter Williams is an experienced Domestic Abuse professional having worked as a front line caseworker and manager. He retired from the police service in 2008 as an Inspector, with a BA (Hons) in Education. He currently supports survivors delivering Freedom & the Recovery Toolkit, working with young people on the DAY programme in schools/colleges & alongside male perpetrators who want to change their abusive behaviours. He has worked in this field for Citizen Advice, a Domestic Abuse charity, Sevenoaks District Council and the Probation service. Peter is a Christian, father of three adult sons and is an active football referee who enjoys, walking, cycling & travel.
Laura is the Head of Development for Press Red, a Christian organisation working to bring violence against women and girls out into the open. She is a train midwife, speaker, evangelist and women's activist.
Having previously worked in the field of perinatal mental health as a specialist midwife, she is passionately concerned about the impact that has on today’s society - in particular with regards to human trafficking, domestic abuse, FGM and Forced Marriage. She firmly believes that the transformational power of the gospel is fundamental in setting people free from the hurt, shame and destruction these abuses bring upon individuals, families and the extended community.