Julie was a Methodist minister and a prolific writer. She was the last President of Women’s Network in 2010-11, becoming the first Vice-President of MWiB in 2011-12. Julie’s approach to prayer was always enquiring and explorative, asking basic questions such as “What works for me in prayer?” and “What doesn’t?” and most important of all, “Why?” and “Why not?”
She explored forms of spirituality developing outside the Church, especially as these related to the building of confidence; how ‘everyday’ faith empowers us; how such ‘everyday’ faith is related to various aspects of contemporary culture and how a greater understanding of ‘everyday’ faith can revitalise Christian spirituality. Her main method of research was to pay close attention to her own responses, explore the ideas in relation to the Bible and express what she was discovering in writing and in art.
She died of cancer in early 2014 in her mid-50s, leaving behind a rich legacy in the form of her writings on the theme of Abundance. This material was made available on the website www.imaginingabundance.co.uk some months after her death.
The 2017 competition took the theme of Stepping Out, and more than 130 entries were received. The judges chose one overall winner to receive the £150 first prize, a runner-up (£50 prize), and five highly commended entries. The winners were announced on Friday 23rd June 2017 at a fringe event of the Methodist Conference held in Birmingham. You can read all the winning entries here on the website; the pieces can be used for personal and group devotions, but copyright remains with the individual author and must be acknowledged. Please contact email@example.com for further information.