Linda Hurcombe

Linda Hurcombe is American by birth but has lived in the UK for many years, initially in inner city London and now in rural Shropshire. She has been heavily involved in political feminism, protesting at Greenham Common and was one of the founding members of the Movement for the Ordination of Women. She has spoken on BBC Thought for the Day, and has written a number of books, notably Dispossessed Daughters of Eve: Faith and Feminism (SPCK 1981). She is currently a trustee of LGCM.

“I’m not a good joiner. But having said that I don’t like joining, I am a campaigner. Along with Sue and several other people, we founded the Movement for the Ordination of Women. And that became quite big and eloquent, and we did other things. Monica Furlong, who was a close friend, she was a broadcaster for the BBC and a wonderful Christian writer.  We used to put on cabarets and I used to sing, imitating Joan Baez. And we’d put on things at St James Piccadilly, which were for MOW, but also for sexuality, and understanding sexuality. It was very woven together. For me anyway. Those were really fantastic days.   Just lovely putting on these really, really naughty cabarets. You can be really mischievous in theatre, in a good way. Clowns of God.”

“I think it’s the most mindboggling time to be alive. I can’t believe that I marched with Martin Luther King when I was 19, and now there’s a black President. Who for all of his warts, is a wonderful human being. There’s so much known now about the complexity of sexuality. And whether they like it or not, the church, which has suffered so with this obsession with its male-only hierarchies, has to come to terms with God’s good human rainbow.”

You can hear Linda’s story here.