Spirituality of dancing
Dancing is central to the spirituality of the C of E’s first woman bishop. Libby Lane reveals in this week’s Radio Times that she did dance training - tap, ballet, modern - for 15 years and that when she reads Bible stories she wants to relive them not just in her head but with a body as well. “I’m pushing 50 now,” she tells Ruth Gledhill, “but I still dance on the inside. I don’t do much dancing on the outside any more but my soul still dances on the inside.” She never misses Strictly Come Dancing. Perhaps it is just as well that Bishop Libby doesn’t spend much time dancing because she reveals her present life is fully occupied. Hundreds upon hundreds of requests are pouring into her office from all over the world asking her to address conferences, preach, speak at the UN or do inter views. She has a 20-year-old-daughter and a son who is 18. Both are committed Christians. Her husband is a chaplain at Manchester Airport. There never has been any rivalr y between them, Bishop Libby tells Gledhill. “The nature of our lives has been that we have accommodated and worked around the priority of another’s vocations at different stages of our lives.” Asked about the objections to women bishops, Bishop Libby is clear: even opposition is a gift. “I genuinely think the Church of England is a better place for having dissenting voices that are heard and honoured,” she says.