Something to think about
People sometimes tell me I don’t look much like a priest. What I suppose they mean is that I’m not a white man in my seventies. But of course, God calls people into ministry from all kinds of ages, nationalities, genders, and backgrounds. Over the next three days we’ll take time to listen to the words of Hannah, who might be thought of as an unlikely theologian.
Hannah was a person forced to the margins of her community: a childless woman would have been disparaged and undervalued. When Hannah sought God, her prayers came from a place of vulnerability and pain, determination and hope. Her subsequent experience of the action of God in her life opened up important insights into the character of God that those whose theology comes from a more privileged starting point might miss.
It is worth checking out our own sources of theology – the books on our shelves, preachers we turn to, podcasts we listen to – to see how well they reflect the diversity of God’s people. Christian Aid seeks to listen closely to and amplify the voices of those who might not otherwise be heard, including and especially global theological voices.
Something to do
Read this blog from Davina Bacon, who took part in a Just Scripture event, reading the Bible with others from a different geographical and cultural location. Reflect on how you and your church might engage with theology from outside of your own culture and country.