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Jane Stranz, the newest BLT blogger

September 26, 2011

I’ve been asked to write the post here to introduce Jane Stranz, who is the newest member of the BLT blogging team.  I might as well just ask for forgiveness.

First, in no sense whatsoever is Jane a new blogger.  Second, the best way to introduce Jane to you is to let her speak for herself.

Now, let me simply say how much I’ve learned from Jane Stranz through the years.  It’s an honor for me now to co-blog with her.  She’s in transition now.  No, not so much in transition to this blog, but in real life, to a new address in an old city of an old country, to a new job, writing in a second language.  So until you read her first post here, do find her auto-bio at her other blog, Of life, laughter and liturgy. Of herself, she says:

My name is Jane Stranz. I was born and brought up in Britain and am an ordained minister of the United Reformed Church, which is a small non-conformist church. For over 10 years I worked as a minister in local parishes of the Eglise Réformée de France in Dunkerque, Chambéry and Ferney-Voltaire. Since July 2002 I’ve been working at the World Council of Churches as the English language translator and coordinator of the language service. I’m married to Stephen Brown a journalist who works at Ecumenical News International and has recently finished his doctorate on the churches in former East Germany and the movement that led to the fall of the Berlin wall. I live in France and each day go over the border just 500 metres away into Switzerland to work. Since 1999 I’ve been living with multiple sclerosis, sounds rather noble but really means I just live in denial and inject interferon b three times a week and count myself very lucky to live in a country with a great health care system.

And know what you’re in for hearing from Jane:

She might get you reading of Hulda, Miriam, Arlene Swidler, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton all in the same post.

You’re likely to learn of works by Anne-Claire Rivollet and by Luise Schottroff.

You’ll get Jane’s take on Suzanne’s take on “the rehabilitation of Rahab.”

She watches the world, the world of translation, of politics, and keeps us watching (Here’s her announcement that Barack Obama’s victory even makes French papers write English headlines!)

Join her lunch group by reading the “Song of Questions” from A Women’s Haggadah by E. M. Broner and Naomi Nimrod.

See how she responds to being voted #5 in the Top 10 of all the 100s of bibliobloggers.

How might Jane Stranz get you re-reading Luce Irigaray or Grace Jantzen quoting her?

Read her many many book reviews (sometimes two on the same one, as she blogged here and here on how “helpful” Tom Thatcher’s study Jesus The Riddler: the Power of Ambiguity in the Gospels is).

Learn what books have changed her, have helped her read the Bible.

But know what kind of novels she has to read, and how that’s so personal, and funny.

She weaves and grieves, with friends against war.

And sometimes, when you’re lucky, it’ll be one of those days, when Jane Stranz is confessing and is energizing us by sharing her own encouragements:

Sometimes I get bored with calling myself a feminist. It seems sort of tired and old fashioned, yet it is very much part of who I am and what makes me tick. I admit I have sort of given up smiling every time I get comments such as “when are we going to have an international men’s day”…. So today I felt energised and encouraged when reading Mariella Frostrup‘s excellent essay in the Observer.

So stay tuned here at BLT to hear from Jane.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2011 7:05 pm

    Jane, I am so happy you are joining BLT. I am looking forward to your posts with great anticipation!

  2. September 27, 2011 1:45 am

    To all of you I am VERY honoured – sorry I spell that differently from you guys 🙂 – to have been asked and am looking forward to finding some things to write about for BLT. I’m going to be spending lots of time in French trains from now on so that’ll give me lots of time to think about stuff to write about. More soon and thanks to all of you. Now I really must pack another suitcase and go and clear out my old office!

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