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Movement for the Ordination of Women
Title : Movement for the Ordination of Women Movement for the Ordination of Women
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Creator : Movement for the Ordination of Women
Source : Newsletter/ Movement for the Ordination of Women, June 1986, p. 1
Date of creation : 1986
Format : Magazine
Dimensions : 300 x 210 mm
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The Movement for the Ordination of Women in the Anglican Church of Australia (MOW) was established by two Sydney women - Patricia Brennan and Eileen Baldry. After experience working overseas as missionaries, both began to question traditional church views. In 1980 meetings were arranged by Anglican clergy to discuss how issues raised by the feminist movement impacted on the church. Consequently, in 1983, MOW was formed with branches in each state - including South Australia in 1984. It was not until 1992, and against strong opposition from the conservative and numerically strong Sydney Diocese, that a motion to allow women to become ordained ministers within the Australian Anglican Church was finally passed by the Anglican Church's national decision making body, the General Synod. Adelaide was the first Anglican Diocese in Australia to ordain women as priests two weeks later, on 5 December 1992, when five women were ordained at St Peter's Cathedral.
In 1986 a visiting priest from New Zealand, the Rev. Susan Adams, was invited to preside at communion at the Sunday morning service in All Souls' Church, Sandringham (NSW), during which the photograph later used on the MOW newsletter was taken. (At this time the newsletter was edited in South Australia.)
Related names :

Adams, Susan

Baldry, Eileen

Brennan, Patricia

All Souls' Church (Sandringham, NSW)

Anglican Church of Australia

Movement for the Ordination of Women

Coverage year : 1986
Place : Sandringham (NSW)
Further reading :
Nichols, Alan, ed. The Bible and women's ministry: an Australian dialogue, Wanniassa, A.C.T.: Acorn Press, 1990
'Praise and protest at new priests', Adelaide Church guardian, February 1993, p. 1
Wetherell, David, ed. Women priests in Australia?: the Anglican crisis, Melbourne: Spectrum Publications, 1987
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