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).
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.