Sunday, 23 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
‘The Church of England has come a long way in the past twenty years,’...said almost no one.
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
I am thrilled to announce the publication of Dazzling Darkness. It is the most personal thing I've ever written or am likely to write. At one level this is hardly surprising - it is essentially a work of autobiography and memoir. However, the book feels especially personal because it explores familiar themes - gender,sexuality& illness - in ways I've never quite dared before. While drawing on my ongoing fascination with poetry, modern and classical philosophy, queer theology and desert spirituality, I am conscious that Dazzling Darkness contains reflections and ideas many Christians will struggle with. I hope that folk read it with kindness. (Scrub that - I just hope a few people read, full stop!!)
Dazzling Darkness is published on Oct 29th 2012. Available from decent bookstores, www.ionabooks.com, Book Depository & Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dazzling-Darkness-Mann/dp/1849522413/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349178300&sr=1-6 )
The blurb on the back of the book reads:
Through these experiences she has discovered that darkness is as much a positive place as a negative one, inhabited by the Living God – the Dark God, the Hidden God. This is the God many of us, because we try to make our lives safe and comfortable, are too afraid to meet. This is the God who is most alive in those things we commonly associate with the Dark – failure, loss and brokenness.
The Christian church has legitimated certain ways of talking about God – male, fatherly, monarchical and so on. Many believe these descriptors tell the exhaustive truth about God. In accepting the complexity of her sexuality and identity, Rachel Mann has been able to explore with a greater freedom what God might look like to an 'unconventional creature' like her.
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
I am somewhat nervous about offering 'Divine Service'. As a poem set in the context of Nazi persecution it is open to misunderstanding when placed in this context. I offer it as a kind of reminder of what lies at the heart of our faith, not by way of crass comparison between the hand-wringing of the C of E and the choices of the likes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.