Two forthcoming Zoom Conversations from the Scottish Laity Network

Two further Zoom Conversations are planned by the Scottish Laity Network, the first reform movement in the church in Scotland. One is with Tina Beattie and the other is Fr. James Alison. Details below…

Scottish Laity Network

Open Zoom Conversation with
Tina Beattie

Women in the Church

Thursday 8th October 2020 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Tina is joining us for an evening of informal discussion and theological exploration about the roles, participation and representation of women in the Church today. She will help us to reflect on questions such as:

  •   What place is there for women in today’s Church?
  •   How has the closure of churches and restricted access to the

    sacraments affected women’s faith?

  •   What about the question of female ordination to the diaconate and


  •   What are the main issues concerning women in the worldwide

    Church, and how effective is the hierarchy in addressing these?

    Tina Beattie has recently left her post as Professor
    of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton
    in London, but she is continuing in her role as
    Director of Catherine of Siena College – an online
    college based at Roehampton which specialises in
    theology, gender and social justice with a particular
    focus on the higher educational needs of women in
    the Global South. Tina has researched and written
    widely in the areas of sacramental theology, gender theory, Mariology and the role of women in the Church. She is also the founder of Catholic Women Speak – a worldwide network of Catholic women with over a thousand members – and she is connected with numerous other networks and groups.

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Scottish Laity Network

Open Zoom Conversation with
Fr James Alison

LGBTI People in the Church

Thursday 5th November 2020 7.00 – 8.30 pm

James is joining us for an evening of informal discussion and theological exploration about the experience of being a member of the LGBTI community in the Church today. He will help us to reflect on areas such as:

 The experience of being an unwanted believer.
 Lies and violence in the heart of family and church life.
 Authentic accompaniment by family, friends and faith community.  What queer believers can teach the Church.

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. His principal claim to fame is as one of those who has done most to bring the work of the great French thinker René Girard to a wider public. In addition, he is known for his firm but patient insistence on truthfulness in matters LGBTI as an ordinary part of basic Christianity, and for his pastoral outreach in the same sphere.

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The story of Fr James Alison is told in The Tablet 28th Sept 2019 – “This is Pope Francis…”


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