Alison is a lay woman who set up the Seeds of Silence project in 2016. Seeds of Silence exists to support and encourage Christians and others in developing a practice of silence-based prayer through on line and face-to-face workshops, discussion groups, training and a signposting website. The project was established as a response to Alison’s PhD research into contemporary Christian women’s intentional engagement in silence as a spiritual discipline. Her book about this is available as Women Choosing Silence: Relationality and Transformation in Spiritual Practice (Routledge, 2019).
For more than 20 years Alison worked as a Music Therapist with young people with complex learning difficulties. Alongside Seeds of Silence, her work now focuses on spiritual accompaniment and a developing new project that offers additional one-to-one support to women doing doctoral research in theology. After nearly 25 years living in Bradford, she has recently moved to the Scottish Borders with her partner, Jasmine, and their cat, Maiya.
Alison mentions the book: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
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Alison & Grace were having a conversation in the summer of 2019 about podcasts and they weren't aware of any at the time that spoke to their context, so they decided to set one up. You can hear more about their thinking about the podcast on the Introductions episode.
Grace & Alison worked on the podcast together for the first year but Grace had other commitments that meant she had to give the podcast up, so from February - August 2021 Alison carried on without her.
In August 2021, Alex & Amy joined Alison and they became the three AAAs.
With thanks to Dan Lawrence who wrote and performed our tune & Lawrence Dinh who produced it.