Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre launched

The BGC is a new research centre, bringing biblical and gender studies together with issues faced by men and women in the contemporary church.

The Sophia Network’s ‘Minding the Gap’ report recently demonstrated that, although women make up 65% of the church in the UK, 62% of these women have experienced some form of sexism in the church. 

More than half of the respondents also indicated that this was a problem that existed on an institutional rather than on an individual level.

These statistics and others make it clear that research on gender, both in the Bible and the church, is sorely needed.

The Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre aims to foster research in biblical gender studies, as well as through various projects to affect change in the church and academia so that both women and men can be empowered to ‘live life to the full’.

The centre is a joint initiative between Cliff College and The University of Manchester.

The inaugural lecture for the BGC took place during Cliff Festival, on Monday the 27 May 2019.

Rev’d Dr Susan Shooter delivered a lecture entitled ‘Yet in my Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’.

This was followed by responses from Dr Holly Morse and Dr Kirsi Cobb, as well as a reception for all participants.

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