Tag Archives: Christianity

A CONVENT SCHOOLING – SCHOOL DAYS, ADULT WAYS … Pt I

A talk given at the House of Lords, London, on 5 June 2014 as part of a seminar on ‘Oppression, Repression and Resistance – Renouncing the Fundamentalist Yoke’, organised by WWAFE (Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom & Equality (Pt I).

imagesCA0WUU8V

 

I was listening to a radio discussion about airport security. The issue was whether all passengers should be treated equally – i.e. thoroughly searched before being allowed to board a plane – or whether resources should be concentrated on people who ‘look like terrorists’.

Some people (it was argued) are obviously not terrorists: newborn babies for example. And nuns. Nuns …

Women’s History Month: Marie Stopes

On 17 March 1921 Marie Stopes and her husband of three years, Humphrey Verdon Roe, founded the Mothers’ Clinic for Constructive Birth Control at 61 Marlborough Road, Holloway, North London; it was the first birth control clinic in England. For Stopes this fulfilled a long-standing ambition. Brought up in entire ignorance of human sexuality (despite her scientific education, her doctorate in science, and her flourishing academic career), she had survived her first marriage to an impotent husband and had ultimately (after giving herself a crash course in sex education in the British Museum library) got the marriage annulled for non-consummation. …

Women’s History Month: Pandita Ramabai

On 11 March 1889 the Indian activist known as Pandita Ramabai opened her Sharada Sadan (or Home for Learning) in Chowpatty, an area of Mumbai (which was then, under the British Raj, known as Bombay). She designed this institution to further a cause dear to her heart: security and an education for Hindu women who were widowed young. With this, after spending five years abroad in England and the USA, Pandita Ramabai launched her mission to improve the lives and opportunities of Indian women.

She was born as Ramabai Dongre, a high-caste Brahmin. While she was still very young her …

Mary, mother of Jesus Christ

Mary (in English) or Miriam (in Hebrew) or Maryam (in Arabic) was born into the Jewish community around 20BC in Nazareth, Galilee. In the Christian tradition, her birthday is celebrated on the 8th September and in both Christian and Islamic traditions, she is the child of St Joachim and St Anne (or Hannah) – although some bible scholars believe her father was actually named Heli. She is believed to be a direct descendant of Abraham, who fathered the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths, and her ancestors include such Jewish luminaries as the Kings David and Solomon. She is a …