Women’s Spirituality: Destabilising Metanarratives

I presented at a Women’s Spirituality Night, which, as I noted in my intro to my talk, highlights the need to hear a diversity of voices on gender issues relating to spirituality. The last thing I want to do is reinforce binaries, not least because the patriarchal church has used these binaries to oppress those who don’t conform to their categories, yet it is incredibly important that a wide range of voices is heard and women have a space to gather and talk. This was a great space for women (and men) to gather to hear about women’s spirituality. Have a look at the video below to hear what else I said!

I used some songs as part of my talk. I couldn’t get to Melbourne in the school holiday to do some music recording – leaving the state is just too risky, and it looks like that won’t be happening for a while! – which is frustrating, but there is new music on the way at some point! I played a bit of one of the newly recorded tracks Breath of my Breath at the Women’s Spirituality Night, and a test track is on soundcloud.

I’m reading Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines by Gay’wu Group of Women from North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and the connection to land through song is something I’ve been thinking about, and re-connecting to the music of the North East of England. I’ve been listening to Kathryn Tickell’s music with northumbrian pipes. Her Water of Tyne album is great. I sang The Water of Tyne at the event.

The Women’s Night of Spirituality event begins at 29 minutes on the recording and I’m on around 1:08.

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