Ruth Scott has been an Anglican priest ever since women were first ordained in the Church of England in the 1990s. Yet she was always drawn to the Quaker tradition of social justice – and after a traumatic experience in 2009, she desperately needed the communal (or “corporate”) silence which is at the heart of Quaker meetings.
In this edition of Things Unseen, she reveals the nature of her trauma and explains how this silence made her feel held and drew her back into the present moment.
Years later, Quaker silence now helps Ruth deal with the often harrowing life stories she hears in her work with people who have come out of conflict or survived sexual violence.
Ruth Scott is also a regular presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.
The A-Z of Things Unseen provides an eclectic mix of concepts and ideas (some religious or spiritual, others seemingly secular) tackled by 26 different speakers. Between them they cover all of the UK’s major faiths and include some doubters too.
This podcast was a finalist in the Jerusalem Awards 2016 in the Short Form category.