Professor Mary Grey delighted a packed Cavell room to launch the third book in her trilogy on peace in the Middle East.
She addressed the question “where is the Holy Spirit in the collapse of the Arab Spring?”
Not long ago there was the dawn of a vision of peace and justice in the Middle East. Just a few years later that vision seems to have vanished and instead there has been a renewal of new threats of violence between certain Middle Eastern peoples, especially against Middle Eastern Christians. In this book, Mary Grey asks how the Holy Spirit is leading us to a new future, for all these people: Christians, Jews and Muslims. God’s outpouring Spirit must be seen as the power of resistance to evil. Pentecost lifts up the renewed hope that ever promises new energy for justice and peace.
Mary Grey is a Roman Catholic liberation theologian, until recently D.J.James Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales, Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and formerly Professor of Contemporary Theology at the University of Southampton, based at La Sainte Union (1993-7). Before that she was Professor of Feminism and Christianity at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is now professorial research fellow at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, and Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester.
“Mary Grey dares to look closely at the appalling affliction of the Middle East today, and there find signs of the Holy Spirit at work: enduring, healing, reconciling, and imagining a new peace. She offers us brave hope in this awful time of darkness and suffering.”
Her theological project is now reconciliation, of which reconciliation to the earth is a special focus. See To Rwanda and Back: Spirituality, Justice and Liberation, (Darton, Longman and Todd 2008). She is a founding trustee of the NGO, Wells for India, a water-based organisation in Rajasthan, NW India and is also Chair of the Theology Group of Friends of Sabeel UK, (an organisation for the liberation of Christian in Palestine).
‘The Spirit of Peace’ is available to buy from Sarum College Bookshop for £11.99.