Claire Henderson Davis

is creating a grown-up conversation about God

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Dear Friends,

On this Ash Wednesday 2019 I am launching an experiment:

Twenty years ago, in 1999, I received my doctorate in theology from the University of Edinburgh. My thesis was about how our bodies are shaped by ritual practices; how the Church’s liturgy is a form of embodied storytelling - telling a story so that we become part of it. But what story are we telling?

In recent days Cardinal George Pell became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of child sexual abuse, a symbol of the utter collapse of the Church’s credibility with regard to teaching on human sexuality. Also in recent days, I watched Laura Dodsworth’s beautiful and moving documentary, 100 Vaginas, an intimate, bodily portrait of women from a perspective usually taboo.These two happenings have given me courage to launch this project exploring, from a riskily personal perspective, the imbalance in Christianity in relation both to the divine feminine and to sexuality.

Apart from my doctorate in theology, I am also a contemporary dance artist and choreographer and for the past twenty years I have been exploring and creating new ways of telling the story of human flourishing rooted in and emerging from the Christian tradition while asking, ‘Where does this story go from here?’You can see more about this work, including a number of films, on my website: www.clairehendersondavis.com.

Twenty years on I feel that I have a theology to write – a deeply personal account of what I have learned on this twenty-year journey and how I, myself, have been transformed by it. My aim in writing this theology is to begin a conversation and to gather a community, and I am asking for your help and participation. In exchange for reading this work as I write it (I will post one Chapter/ blog per week), I am asking for your financial support.  My first post is free as a taster.  Later posts will only be accessible to signed up patrons.

The path I have chosen is one that leaves me constantly on the edge financially because I am doing a work that doesn’t officially exist. I am a laywoman developing a contemporary form of liturgy – this is not a category that the Church easily recognizes or supports. And I am a contemporary dance artist and choreographer whose work is to grapple with the Christian tradition, which is not a popular theme with art funders. I have therefore decided to cast my net wide and to ask for financial support from those who may be interested in reading what I intend to write, and in participating in the conversation and community I hope to initiate by writing.I have chosen the website Patreon as the vehicle for this support. Although Patreon is US based, it is a platform to enable support for independent artists and writers internationally.

If this is a project you believe in, I’d like to ask you to share this link and these words through your own networks.I think this project is likely to succeed mostly through word of mouth.

I invite you to join me in this experiment.I welcome your own comments, feedback and experiences and will engage with these as I write.If you get in touch, please be clear about whether or not you wish me to quote/ publish your words and if so, whether you wish me to use your name or not.I do not promise to include everything I receive but I will try to give fair and generous representation.

Thanks in advance for your support. Here we go!

Love,

Claire x
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Dear Friends,

On this Ash Wednesday 2019 I am launching an experiment:

Twenty years ago, in 1999, I received my doctorate in theology from the University of Edinburgh. My thesis was about how our bodies are shaped by ritual practices; how the Church’s liturgy is a form of embodied storytelling - telling a story so that we become part of it. But what story are we telling?

In recent days Cardinal George Pell became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of child sexual abuse, a symbol of the utter collapse of the Church’s credibility with regard to teaching on human sexuality. Also in recent days, I watched Laura Dodsworth’s beautiful and moving documentary, 100 Vaginas, an intimate, bodily portrait of women from a perspective usually taboo.These two happenings have given me courage to launch this project exploring, from a riskily personal perspective, the imbalance in Christianity in relation both to the divine feminine and to sexuality.

Apart from my doctorate in theology, I am also a contemporary dance artist and choreographer and for the past twenty years I have been exploring and creating new ways of telling the story of human flourishing rooted in and emerging from the Christian tradition while asking, ‘Where does this story go from here?’You can see more about this work, including a number of films, on my website: www.clairehendersondavis.com.

Twenty years on I feel that I have a theology to write – a deeply personal account of what I have learned on this twenty-year journey and how I, myself, have been transformed by it. My aim in writing this theology is to begin a conversation and to gather a community, and I am asking for your help and participation. In exchange for reading this work as I write it (I will post one Chapter/ blog per week), I am asking for your financial support.  My first post is free as a taster.  Later posts will only be accessible to signed up patrons.

The path I have chosen is one that leaves me constantly on the edge financially because I am doing a work that doesn’t officially exist. I am a laywoman developing a contemporary form of liturgy – this is not a category that the Church easily recognizes or supports. And I am a contemporary dance artist and choreographer whose work is to grapple with the Christian tradition, which is not a popular theme with art funders. I have therefore decided to cast my net wide and to ask for financial support from those who may be interested in reading what I intend to write, and in participating in the conversation and community I hope to initiate by writing.I have chosen the website Patreon as the vehicle for this support. Although Patreon is US based, it is a platform to enable support for independent artists and writers internationally.

If this is a project you believe in, I’d like to ask you to share this link and these words through your own networks.I think this project is likely to succeed mostly through word of mouth.

I invite you to join me in this experiment.I welcome your own comments, feedback and experiences and will engage with these as I write.If you get in touch, please be clear about whether or not you wish me to quote/ publish your words and if so, whether you wish me to use your name or not.I do not promise to include everything I receive but I will try to give fair and generous representation.

Thanks in advance for your support. Here we go!

Love,

Claire x

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