ANVIL: journal of theology and mission | Volume 36 issue 1

Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission.

This issue: AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: CHALLENGING NARRATIVES

Editorial

Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission. This issue: AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: CHALLENGING NARRATIVES

Editorial

Heather Walton provides an introduction to autoethnography, highlighting the way it has emerged within the discipline of anthropology and, in particular, its application to theological reflection.

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Making things clean, removing dirt,
Restoring order, upholding virtue,
Guarding honour, maintaining purity.
Blood on the sheets…

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I discovered a world of women
On Iona. […]
Anonymous, unknown, forgotten,
I wonder why.

I Wonder Why
by Cathy Ross

Confirmation of conformity
Me squeezed into a too-tight, uptight, cassock-shaped mould,
Hold on – who am I?

Formation
by Ruth Wells

I trace the cross on my belly
Vertical linea nigra
This black line, marking out your expected arrival

This is my body
by Ruth Wells

While we’re on the subject of white-working-class-man’s rage…
I’ll share a little bit of mine with you…

AUDIO: Drowning in the Barth?
by Luke Larner

Amanda Evans, in blue clergy shirt and jacket aboard a boat

The realities of poverty and social exclusion in an encounter with a mother on the beach in Falmouth.

One Row Back
by Amanda Evans

Issues of class, power and reconciliation follow a move into a row of former miners’ cottages in Somerset.

From Milk to Eggs
by Sally Taylor

A childhood experience of the sights, sounds, smells and taste experienced on a train journey to Italy become symbols of a deeper journey.

Mortadella Sandwich
by Maria Casiero

The performance of liturgy can become an exercise in concealment, and sacred places, by their very architecture, can exclude and marginalise.

Disability
by Natalie Burfitt

In this piece hope begins with the imagination of a different future – the possibility of sharing a cup of tea on your own sofa.

Church Lady
by Sophia Popham

Reviewed this time: books by Fergus Butler-Gallie, Nancey Murphy and Rowan Williams

Book reviews

Links to past volumes of ANVIL, stretching right back to 1984. Many of these articles are now available online.

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