She Rises
By Cham Kaur-Mann

You may already know about our exciting 10th anniversary year vision in 2020, for developing women leaders.  

At the time, I mentioned that I’d let you know more about the renaming of the programme to She Rises.  Well.. we had an extraordinary moment of ‘revelation’ as we were reflecting on words that would resonate with and carry something of our heart and vision for women.  The rename felt inspired.  It captures echoes from Maya Angelou’s poem‘Still I Rise’, through to powerful words from the Bible – Mark 5:41, ‘Talitha Koum!’ the story of Jairus’ daughter and from the poetry of Proverbs 31:15, where the Proverbs woman ‘rises while it is still dark’ (i.e. during troubling times).

Our friend Natalie Collins has joined us in promoting She Rises through setting up her own Twitter book group to come together with other people to discuss the book.  Let’s hear from her..

#SheRises7

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rev Dr Kate Coleman’s book 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership, I’m organising a Twitter book group to read through the book, one chapter per week.  Next Leadership are encouraging people to run She Rises book groups, and so I thought a Twitter book group would be a great idea!

Rather than having to all be online at the same time or anything like that, we’ll have the hashtag #SheRises7.  As we read the book, we can tweet with the hashtag to share any thoughts or ideas.  We can also read through the hashtag and comment on other people’s thoughts.  We’ll also have a chapter hashtag to make clear which chapter we’re discussing (e.g. #int for introduction, #ch1 for chapter 1, #ch2 for chapter 2 and so on).

So far, 31 women have told me that they’re interested in joining.  Within the next few weeks the audiobook will be available, so anyone who can’t manage reading the book, can participate by listening to the audio book.

We’ll start with the Introduction on Monday 14th October, which gives women time to sign up, and for those on limited budgets, to have a bit of time to get the money together.

If you would like to participate and can’t afford to buy the book, please let me know.  If you would like to support women who want to participate in the Twitter group, by buying a book for a woman, let me know (especially men who would like to support women).  Contact details are at the end of the blog.

#SheRises7 book group plan

WEEK BEGINNING                      CHAPTER                                HASHTAG       
14th October                               Introduction                             #int                   
21st October                               Chapter 1                                #ch1                 
28th October                               Chapter 2                                #ch2                   
4th November                             Chapter 3                                #ch3                 
11th November                           Chapter 4                                #ch4
18th November                           Chapter 5                                #ch5
25th November                           Chapter 6                                #ch6
2nd December                            Chapter 7                                #ch7
9th December                             Overall reflections                   #sherises7

 

If you’d like to join the Twitter group, feel free to start tweeting with #SheRises7, and join in with reading and tweeting from 14th October.  However, if you’d like to be copied into tweets about the book group, to let you know where we’re up to and stuff, please can you tweet or dm me and I’ll add you to my list.

If you need a free copy of the book or would like to buy a book for a woman, you can email on befreeuk (at) gmail (dot) com or direct message me on Twitter @God_loves_women.

If you’re inspired by Natalie’s Twitter group and would like to promote the book, set up a #SheRises7 book club, or get more information, please contact us at info@nextleadership.org

I saw this sentence the other day (seeing it everywhere now!) and it captures our vision for women wherever they are located…

When She Rises, We All Rise.

About the author

Cham Kaur-Mann

Rev Cham Kaur-Mann has nearly 20 years leadership experience, in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders. She is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Cham is Co-Director of Next Leadership and also works with the Cinnamon Network as the Trainers’ Team Manager, delivering leadership training across the UK.

She is a motivational speaker with a unique and compelling ability to ‘story a story’.  Cham mentors, coaches and supports leaders from a variety of sectors.  She is author of ‘Images of Jesus’ and ‘Are there traditional “women’s ministries”?’

Cham is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach.