MOVEMENT FOR THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN

bringing change and understanding

bringing change and understanding

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 Uniting Church at the time, she felt it was time to worship elsewhere’. She moved to the Anglican church and settled finally at St Luke’s Concord. Here she met Elaine Peterson, at the time,a leading and vocal member of Sydney MOW. Margaret decided to join: she couldn’t see any good reason why women should not be ordained, and she also wanted to assist in any way she could.

Margaret was convenor for two years and then handed leadership over to Lu Piper who had joined the congregation when she returned from PNG. Margaret saw herself as a worker rather than a leader.

Her belief in the ability of women had been honed by her father’s attitude that women didn’t need a profession and his having forced her to leave school at 16 and join the workforce. At the Commonwealth bank she gained accountancy experience (she is now treasurer of Sydney MOW) but at 38, married with children, she decided to fulfil a lifelong dream and trained as a primary school teacher.

Margaret retired 15 years ago and in mature age still assists in MOW as she wants to help others follow their dreams.

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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