bringing change and understanding

Movement for the Ordination of Women
in the Anglican Church

This is the website of MOW Australia as well as its Sydney chapter – Sydney Movement for the Ordination of Women (Sydney MOW).

MOW Australia:

  • Encourages women to hear and respond to the call of God
  • Recognises, encourages and extends the ministries of women
  • Encourages the church to make full use of the ministries of women
  • Encourages expression of women’s perspectives in theology
  • Celebrates diversity in spirituality
  • Promotes the use of inclusive language in worship and Church life
  • Seeks to move all dioceses in the Anglican Church of Australia to admit women to the ordained ministries of the Church
  • Seeks to bring laity and clergy into closer partnership
  • Liaises with appropriate national and international women’s groups
  • Fosters ecumenical links and supports moves to ordain women in other churches
  • Supports those women already ordained
  • Gathers and shares information between members across all dioceses
MOW Australia activities:

  • Holds occasional conferences with quality local and international speakers
  • Publishes conference proceedings
  • Produces merchandise when appropriate
  • Hosts a website
  • Has an email group
  • Holds lectures, seminars, retreats and quiet days
  • Has a local branch in Sydney (Sydney MOW)
  • Organises activities in other states

Read the objects of MOW Australia, as stated in our constitution at Clause 1.4.

On the website you can find news relating to the movement. If you have questions about us or want to get involved, please contact us. We can give you information and share our experiences with you. Above all, we welcome courteous and sincere dialogue with those who may disagree with us.

The MOW Logo

Ro Yule, an artist living in Victoria designed the logo for the celebration of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in Melbourne in 1992. To mark that historic occasion Ro’s design was reproduced on a Banner, scarves and mugs.

Ro’s conceptual idea was about how women’s spirituality and ministry (the golden sunburst shape) would grow and emerge from the cross … that women’s spirituality was something organic and would flourish if given half a chance. Within that lively golden shape were the round host and chalice marking the centrality of the Eucharist in Anglican Worship and the role of the priest in celebrating the rite. The cross shape also echoes the female symbol with a live leaf emerging from the cross.

The banner was a constant symbol of MOW for the next twenty years. It was used at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 9 December 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the first ordination of women to the priesthood in Australia. A copy of the design was taken from this banner and used for the 2012 MOWatch Conference in Kincumber NSW and from then on.

Please enjoy the vibrant colours and the vision they and the design impart.

Ro Yule


Lesley McLean


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Val Graydon

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Phillip Seale

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Margaret Lawther

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Lu Piper

Lu Piper

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Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop

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Jenny Stirling

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Jan Malpas

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Elaine Lindsay

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AGM 2020

4 & 5 October 2020 | TBA

AGM 2020

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President: Lesley McLean
Vice-President(s): Val Graydon, Margaret Lawther
Secretary: Elaine Lindsay
Treasurer: Kathleen Toal
General Representative(s): Jan Malpas, Sue Bishop,
Lu Piper and Jenny Stirling
Sydney MOW Convenor: Phillip Seale