Report Launch


'Come to the Edge', our first national women's conference, took place on 19/20 March 2012 in Northampton.

See the film from day one of 'Come to the Edge' here

"Come to the edge."

"We can't. We're afraid."
"Come to the edge."
"We can't. We will fall!"
"Come to the edge."
And they came.
And [she] pushed them.
And they flew.
Christopher Logue (b. 1926)


60 women are gathering from around the country to focus on questions like this:

  • Are community relations becoming harder?  
  • What strategies might we employ to create more resilient communities?   What is women’s specific contribution to this?
  • What are the steps that women might employ to move from the more informal, private sphere into the more formal public space?  What holds women back?
  • What are the specific values that women of faith can bring to the post secular public space?  How might those values be retained and nurtured within the public space?
  • What are women looking for in a ‘role model’?
  • How does faith contribute to a Muslim or Christian woman’s sense of identity?
  • To what extent does a woman’s membership of a faith community restrict or expand her sense of identity and empowerment?
  • Are young people actually the locus of conversion or does such a concern reflect a fear on the part of the faith communities?
  • What contribution might women of faith make in bridging the gap between formal education of young people and the home learning environment? How might they help develop leadership skills amongst children/young people?
  • How helpful is a distinction between ‘culture’ and ‘religion’?  Is it a legitimate distinction? 
These are the issues raised by our emerging report of a series of conversations around the country in Birmingham, Bradford, Burnley, Leicester and London. The draft report is being launched at 'Come to the Edge' today, read it here. The discussions at the event will feed into the final version of the report.
The speakers today and tomorrow are:
  • Very Revd Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury
  • Prof Tina Beattie, Roehampton University
  • Aina Khan, Senior Consultant, Russell Jones and Walker
  • Julie Siddiqi, Executive Director, Islamic Soceity of Britain
Also, the world premiere of 'Women are on to something' by the Our Space Project players.
If you would like to be part of the conversation and help to shape the Christian Muslim Forum's women's programme please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or you can contribute via Twitter @chrismusforum #cometotheedge

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