Holy Ground Ι Becoming me with Revd Prebendary Deborah Parsons and Revd Tanya Hockley-Still
Sunday, 13th June at 18:00 on Zoom
Eugene Peterson says: “A story doesn’t just tell us something and leave us there, it invites our participation.” We are our stories. They`ve shaped how we see ourselves, the world and our place in it. How does the little story of our own lives connect with the bigger story of God`s love for us and what role do we have in that bigger story?
“Becoming Me” is an opportunity to listen to and reflect on the stories of two female minority ethnic clergy and their identity in Christ, to consider why some stories get traction and others don’t and to reflect on where we`ve exhibited or experienced bias in our own lives.
Deborah Parsons is Diocesan Interfaith Advisor (Exeter), Rural Dean of Totnes and Team Vicar of Totnes.
She delights in discovering the sacred in the ordinary and is particularly drawn to monastic wisdom and contemplative prayer, relishing opportunities to engage with people, who would describe themselves as spiritual rather than religious. Her training with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation in London helped her to find a new language for how to speak about God. Prior to becoming a priest, she taught English at Epsom College and was instrumental in pioneering co-education from 13+. She is passionate about formation and enjoys supporting others in their vocational journey. Walking the coastal path and spending time with family and friends recreates her and her lockdown gift has been to learn the baritone ukulele.
Tanya Hockley-Still is a Devonian by birth, being born in Plymouth and growing up there until going away to university.
She was ordained in 2014 in Chichester diocese and served her curacy just outside Eastbourne, before moving back to Devon to be Rector of St. Mark’s in Exeter in 2017. Tanya is the Diocesan UKME Adviser and has long been passionate about encouraging UKME vocations and advocating for equality in all areas of Church life, and to this end she is also an Ordained Vocations Mentor listed on the national database. She has been married to Josh since 2016 and they are expecting their first child in September. Her other interests include board games, fantasy and science-fiction.
Holy Ground gathers people in worship and reflection, with a speaker, around issues of justice, theology, and the arts. During lockdown, we have experimented with meeting online, and, although we have not shared the same physical ‘ground’, have found this space to be ‘holy’. The evening will last 90 minutes, with a break for around 10 minutes in the middle.
Meeting ID: 813 0337 0120 Passcode: 298140