A call to support 318 WOMEN to gather in 2025 to review the Christian notion of God and the Creed, 1,700 years after 318 MEN met in Nicaea to do the same. Let us be transformed!
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Will you sign the Mary Manifesto?

At a time when it is important to speak up and be counted for equality, justice and opportunity for all, I have written the Mary Manifesto. It calls for men, especially, and women to support 318 WOMEN to gather in 2025 to review the Christian notion of God and the Creed, 1,700 years after 318 MEN met in Nicaea to do the same. Continue reading to learn why I wrote it and consider signing.

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Slowly We Breathe The Change

A psalm of change to help guide the work of those who have signed the Mary Manifesto. Slowly We Breathe The Change Please read like a psalm and pause at each selah (asterisk) * Slowly we breathe, We support a space, singing an ode to “we,” men and women * and however we identify. Slowly we breathe We support a space where we can be open, be imagined by the best in all of us * to do the most for those with the least. Slowly we breathe We support a space safe of no accusation, of no oppression * where anger can arise and blossom into inspiration. Slowly we breathe We support a space for the feminine voice * and for voices to be heard that have not been heard, and for those who have been silenced. Slowly we breathe, We support a space for those who did not hear or could not listen * or would not listen. Slowly we breathe, We support a space for deep and loving reconciliation * for feminine and masculine voices to sing in unison again. Slowly we breathe, We support a space for words that will inspire a thousand years of deeds * that will make a difference. Slowly we breathe, We support a space for faith that enables us to change who we are * and be the loving transformation the greater “we” wants us to be.  Slowly we breathe, We support a space to feel the curiosity, to give our names, to add our effort * to leave a loving impression for millennia to come. Slowly we breathe, We are the change. I am grateful to Lillie Allen of Be Present for creating and holding a space where I could write this psalm. Slowly We Breathe the Change is offered to those who have signed The Mary Manifesto as a way to guide our work.

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Oxford University and OPHI Launch sOPHIa Oxford to Help Businesses Fight Poverty

sOPHIa Oxford, the University of Oxford’s first social enterprise spinout, will provide businesses with tools to measure and respond to poverty amongst their employees and their families, contractors, and in their supply chain. Building upon the work and experience of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), sOPHIa Oxford aims to expand the use of multidimensional poverty measurement to the private sector. sOPHIa Oxford has an exclusive worldwide license to the Business Multidimensional Poverty Index (bMPI), developed by OPHI in partnership with the business association Horizonte Positivo, which has pioneered the implementation of the bMPI in Costa Rica. The first company to use the bMPI, BAC Credomatic in Costa Rica, has announced that the bMPI identified 12% of its employees in poverty and has rolled out a series of initiatives to help its employees. sOPHIa Oxford was created by OPHI with the support of the Oxford Department of International Development and the University’s innovation arm, Oxford University Innovation (OUI).  In Costa Rica partner Horizonte Positivo has already implemented the bMPI with 42 businesses successfully. See the full press release here.

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Inspired about the Gift Economy

My life was changed when Robert Zevin suggested that I read the book The Gift by Lewis Hyde which helped me understand the difference between the economy of trade and the economy of gift. I was talking about this to Pastor Keith Anderson and about how the book had helped shape my work for the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Pastor Keith has just given a sermon on the gift economy quoting me. Listen to his sermon here

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‘Candle Trilogy’ published in ‘Untamed Gospel’

Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church College, Oxford writes, “It is good to be able to welcome and introduce the poetry of Jamie Coats in this anthology. Jamie is a layperson working for the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) in the United States − an Anglican religious order of brothers. Jamie writes on contemporary monastic wisdom, and his work draws on Buddhist, Hindu and Christian traditions of meditation and silence. We reproduce his ‘Candle Trilogy’ towards the close of this volume.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07549SB1V/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503692318&sr=8-1&keywords=untamed+gospel YOU CAN READ THE POEMS ON MY POETRY BLOG: The Candle Trilogy: Unlit Betrayal | Lit Faithfulness | Faithful Betrayal – Holy Fire

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