“As a Londoner, a minister of religion, and the mum of a multicultural family, Lucy is endlessly fascinated in the Us-versus-Them behaviours prevalent in family, politics and religion. “We try to cope by setting up personal and collective strategies which revolve around avoidance, denial, combat; all they actually do is separate us from loving”.
Lucy works in the UK and abroad performing her poetry at different events and venues, writing to commission - or on the spot - when required. She always asks that her listeners and readers pay as much attention to the poems they dislike as to the ones they approve – and that they work out why… “ Our theology - (and don’t kid yourself you don’t have one!) - begins contextually, in our gut, with what we do and don’t like in a text, or a prayer, or a sermon. And that’s natural, but it’s very, very dangerous. We shouldn’t just shape our theology around our fears and our comfort - but we often do. If God is really Love, where do we stand on Evil, Money, Outsiders, Forgiveness, Punishment? And how do you feel about a Jesus who wants more from you than you want to give?”.
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Last Texts from Jesus - Poems of Jesus Today
by Lucy Berry
Our notions of Jesus are inevitably shaped by classical paintings and established ideas of life in biblical times. Yet, if, as many believe, Jesus exists across time and space, how might we authentically imagine Christ today?
Church of Snails - Poems to a Slow Church
by Lucy Berry
Churches too often sift people and situations, involving themselves only with those people and things which won’t embarrass, hurt or challenge; we decide who are the sheep and who are the goats. Our decisions are plain for the world to see. Sometimes they look funny or silly. Sometimes just ugly...
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