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Ordination of Winifred Kiek
Title : Ordination of Winifred Kiek Ordination of Winifred Kiek
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Creator : Colonel Light Gardens Congregational Church
Source : Ordination to the Christian Ministry of Winifred Kiek ... June 13, 1927
Date of creation : 1927
Format : Pamphlet
Dimensions : 205 x 130 mm
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Winifred Kiek was raised in an English Quaker family. She married a Congregational minister, Edward Kiek, and had an active involvement in his busy Yorkshire parish, and raising three children. When her husband was appointed first principal of Parkin Theological College at St Peter's, Adelaide, in 1920 she began studying theology, adding a Bachelor of Divinity to her Bachelor of Arts degree - the first woman in Australia to gain this qualification. In 1927 Kiek became the first woman ordained for Christian ministry in Australia. Her ordination took place at Colonel Light Gardens Congregational Church, which she acknowledged had a 'spirit of adventurous faith' in accepting a woman as their minister. This was during the difficult years of the Depression, but in seven years she saw the church congregation grow from 20 to 100. In 1944/45 Mrs Kiek was elected Vice-Chairman of the Congregational Union of South Australia and later became acting president. She supported a 'social gospel', involving herself in many wider women's movements and social justice activities.
Related names :

Kiek, Winifred, 1884-1975

Colonel Light Gardens Congregational Church

Coverage year : 1927
Place : Colonel Light Gardens (S. Aust.)
Further reading :
'Australia's first woman theologian', Woman's world, 1 August, 1923, p. 418
Kiek, Rev. Winifred. Personal papers, PRG 225
Phillips, Walter. 'Kiek, Edward Sidney (1883-1959) and Winifred (1884?-1975)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983, pp. 587-588
Pitman, Julia Louise. A matter of pride: the ordination of women in the Congregational churches in Australia 1927-1977, Malvern, SA: Uniting Church Historical Society, [2002]
'Winifred Kiek honoured by ACW', Central times, 7 March 1974, p. 4
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