RAYfest20 with Robin Ashworth-Steen, Leyla Jagiella & Ruth Liddle

RAYfest20 with Robin Ashworth-Steen, Leyla Jagiella & Ruth Liddle

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Muslim activist Leyla Jagiella, and Brahma Kumari teacher Ruth Liddle share their experiences of finding their voice, tapping into the Wild Feminine, and overcoming sexual shame.

#RAYfest20 is an online festival celebrating women of spirit with conversation, meditation, prayer, and music. An incredible array of awesome women from many faiths and backgrounds share their experiences of finding their voice, shaping the narrative, and reclaiming sacred space.


Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen is one of the rabbis at Manchester Reform Synagogue. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge for a degree in Theology & Religious Studies. After graduating Robyn worked as a solicitor at a human rights firm in London. Robyn is a passionate social justice activist and a co-founder of Tzelem: the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK, co-chair of Greater Manchester Citizens (a broad-based community organising movement), and a chaplain of the One Love team for the universities. Robyn is interested in creating relational, textured, activist communities.

Leyla Jagiella is a cultural anthropologist and a research assistant at Bayreuth University, Germany. She is a chairperson of the Liberal-Islamischer Bund), an organization of progressive and inclusive Muslims of Germany, a fellow of the Muslim Institute, and a member of the Global Queer Muslim Network. Her academic work focuses on questions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the Islamic discourses of South and Southeast Asia, as well as on the representation of gender and sexuality within these discourses. As an activist in the fields of progressive and inclusive Islam, she has held workshops on feminist and trans inclusive approaches to Islam in Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Pakistan. Her new book, Among the Eunuchs: A Muslim Transgender Journey, is due out in 2021 (Hurst).

Ruth Liddle is one of the co-ordinating team at Inner Space Meditation and Personal Development Centre in Manchester, UK. She has been a meditation student and teacher with the Brahma Kumaris since 1995. Her background is in education and she has more than 20 years’ professional experience teaching in schools and universities in UK, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea. Her passion is creative learning and sharing practical tips and tools to lead a happier, more peaceful life. As a volunteer with Living Values Education, Ruth led experiential trainings and seminars for parents, caregivers, and educators in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to promote the development of values-based learning communities.


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