MOVEMENT FOR THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN

bringing change and understanding

bringing change and understanding

Kathleen Toal

I have been an Anglican all my life. I remember when I was baptised (I was 4, nearly 5) there was a light filtering down in the dark church. It seems now that the Light has always shone as I have always been ‘involved’ in church activities. The most significant has been my association with the very early days of MOW.

The parish of Eltham has been in the front line of affirmative action in the church and in 1984 the vicar encouraged parishioners to go to a meeting to set up Melbourne MOW. My friend, Susan Sandford, then encouraged me to join the national movement and I went to my first MOW conference in 1986 in Adelaide.

Thus began what I think of as the halcyon days of MOW – our movement was of interest to the secular press, Keith Mason drew up the Constitution, and I was part of the organising committee for the wonderfully successful 3rd MOW national conference in Melbourne in 1986. We held our breath hoping the budget I had drawn up would hold – it did in fact make a profit as segments, featuring Kevin Giles, Veronica Brady and the then Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, were sold to the public.

In 1988 I remember the Canberra conference for Patricia Brennan’s response to being named ‘STRIDENT’ – STIR and TEND

There are always different ways of looking at insults.

It was then, also, that Diane Heath resigned as national treasurer (1985-89) and I took over, beginning my service to MOW in that role.

Leadership

Lesley McLean

President

I have wobbled my way through an adventurous life of marriage, motherhood, church attendance. As I grew older I was…

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Val Graydon

Vice President

I arrived in Australia from the UK for a two-year visitin 1965. In 1990 I was ordained to the Deaconate…

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Phillip Seale

GDM (AGSM) Convenor MOW Sydney

I have had a long interest in the equality of women in all areas of Australian society, however in particular,…

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Margaret Lawther

Retired teacher: diocese of Sydney NSW

Margaret began her church experience in the Methodist church but after some consideration as to the teaching in the local…

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Lu Piper

Lu Piper

Lucille (Lu) Piper  OAM                                                                       Priest, Diocese of Newcastle NSW

Lucille (Lu) Piper  OAM                                                                       Priest, Diocese of Newcastle NSW        For twenty of the years over a fifty…

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Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop

I am a lifelong member of the Anglican Church, baptised at St Jude’s, Brighton in South Australia and confirmed at…

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Kathleen Toal

I have been an Anglican all my life. I remember when I was baptised (I was 4, nearly 5) there…

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Jenny Stirling

Jenny Stirling

Townsville is my home town. I came to the Anglican Church as an adult. In St Peters Collinsville, at a…

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Lyn Boyd

I was baptised and confirmed in the Church of Ireland. Since arriving in Australia as a teenager, I have been…

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Elaine Lindsay

Elaine Lindsay thinks she joined MOW back in the early 1980s and has been active on the Sydney committee over…

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GET IN TOUCH

President: Lesley McLean
president@mowatch.com.au
Vice-President(s): Val Graydon, Margaret Lawther
Secretary: Elaine Lindsay
secretary@mowatch.com.au
Treasurer: Kathleen Toal
treasurer@mowatch.com.au
General Representative(s): Sue Bishop, Lyn Boyd, Lu Piper and Jenny Stirling
Sydney MOW Convenor: Phillip Seale
convenor.sydneymow@mowatch.com.au
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