Sydney MOW celebrated 40 years of activism on behalf of women’s ordination in the Diocese of Sydney on 17 September 2023.
We were made most welcome by Fr Daniel Dries, Rector, Christ Church St Laurence, George Street, Sydney, who had invited The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Rev’d Kay Goldsworthy AO to preach at the very well-attended 9:00 am and 10:30 am services. Archbishop Kay’s sermon is downloadable here.
Members and friends of Sydney MOW gathered in the church hall for lunch and the Dr Patricia Brennan AM Lecture, presented by The Venerable Dr Colleen O’Reilly AM. We were bolstered by supporters from Newcastle, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania. Many of the Queensland delegation of ordained women had been with us for several days, handing out flyers to Sydney Synod members running the gauntlet of our banners. The flyer, drawing on research by The Rev’d Professor Dorothy Lee, is downloadable here.
It was wonderful to catch up with Patricia Brennan’s children and grand-children; with Susanne Glover (who authored the 12 Theses which were blu-tacked to the door of St Andrew’s Cathedral by Colleen O’Reilly and Julia Perry in 1983); and with The Rev’d Val Tibbey and The Rev’d Daphne May (both ordained in 1992). Also present were past Sydney MOW convenors, including Eileen Baldry, Julia Baird, Deb Porter, Margaret Lawther and Phillip Seale.