bringing change and understanding

bringing change and understanding

MOW’s commitment has always been to the participation of women in all ministries in the Anglican Church and to challenging the Church when and where it excludes women from them. Historically it has focused on women in the diaconate, priesthood and episcopate and these are now a reality in the Anglican Church in Australia. Sydney and a few smaller dioceses are the sad exceptions.

MOW encourages women to hear and respond to God’s call to ministry, whether it be lay or ordained. Lay ministries have been incredibly important to most women clergy in their journeys to ordination.

However MOW completely rejects any argument that God confines women to certain ministries, with children or women for example, or to roles as assistants under the direction of men.

We welcome articles, stories and reflections about women in ministry, lay and ordained, past and present particularly in the Anglican Church in Australia. Reports and research around women in ministry are also welcome.

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Women in Ministry

The Rev Alison Cheek

The Rev. Alison Cheek, one of the first female priests in The Episcopal Church and the first to publicly celebrate the E... Read More

Sarah MacNeil

Rain welcomes new bishop at her consecration THE heavens opened up as worshippers spilled out of the Christ Church Ca... Read More

Cedar Prest Windows

  A St Peter's Cathedral Adelaide Tour Guide presents a talk about one of its stained glass windows. This is ... Read More

St Hilda of Whitby

St Peter's Cathedral Adelaide presents a talk about one of its stained glass windows. This is one of a series of talk... Read More

Angela Burdett-Coutts

St Peter's Cathedral Adelaide presents a talk about one of its stained glass windows. T his is one of a series of tal... Read More

Julia Farr and the Melanesian Mission

“Unpretending labours”: Julia Farr and the Melanesian Mission: Paper by Janet Crawford presented at the First Bi... Read More

Jan Malpas

Jan retired from the MOW Board at the 2020 AGM. Here is what she wrote about her involvement in the church and MOW. ... Read More

Kay Goldsworthy Archbishop of Perth

A TRAILBLAZER for three decades, Bishop Kay Goldsworthy is accustomed to “firsts” and smashing through the “staine... Read More

‘Behold I Make All Things New’

Sydney MOW  hosted a public lecture by Rt Rev Genieve Blackwell, with the theme "Behold, I Make All Things New!". It is... Read More

Joyce Poulson

One of Australia’s First Women Priests Celebrates 60 Years of Ministry  29 May 2015  A very special event was ... Read More


MOWatch members and friends are all delighted at the appointment of a third woman to be a bishop in the Anglican Church ... Read More

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Australia’s First Women Deacons

The year 1986 was an auspicious occasion, during that year Australia's first women deacons were ordained in the dioceses... Read More

The Reverend Canon Mara Di Francesco

  The Rev’d Canon Mara Di Francesco - Her Path to Ordination. Mara Di Francesco was called to ordained ministry... Read More
Venerable Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

The Venerable Alison Taylor, Melbourne's Archdeacon for International Partnerships and Vicar of St John's Anglican Churc... Read More

Rev Alison Cheek

The Reverend Alison Cheek was a significant figure in the early days of the Movement for the Ordination of Women in Aust... Read More

Rev Tracey Gracey

Clergy Women Praying Companioning God, We pray for our sisters in ministry, giving thanks for the friendship and sup... Read More


President: Elaine Lindsay
Vice-President(s): Ann Edwards
Collen O'Reilly AM
Secretary: Sandra Kjellgren
Treasurer: Kathleen Toal
General Representative(s): Danni Clark, Melissa Conway, Tanja Hagedorn, Karen Terpstra
Sydney MOW Convenor: Ruth Champion