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Event to encourage, support women in church leadership

Hear from five female church leaders about their path to leadership

PHOTO: Kit Haselden photography

By Chris Shearer

February 26 2019

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is hosting an event designed to encourage and empower women seeking to take on greater leadership roles in the church.

Women from across the Diocese are invited to attend the “Empowering women in leadership” seminar, to be held on 4 March at 5pm at Melbourne’s Chapter House, where they will hear from five women about their leadership experiences and what’s helped them succeed.

The conversation will be moderated by Bishop Alison Taylor, who began her career in Melbourne and retired from her role as Bishop for the Southern Region in Queensland in late 2017.

The panel of speakers will then break into groups, where participants can discuss questions about their own journeys into leadership.

“The aim of it is to really get women to really talk about what will empower women in leadership, both in lay and ordained,” Bishop Genieve Blackwell said.

“Whether they’re talking about raising people up from the roots, thinking about starting a journey in terms of how they can contribute to the church in different ways, whether we’re talking about what’s happening for women in terms of training and mentoring, whether we’re talking about women being on committees and in charge of parishes for example - there’s all different ways that women can be in leadership in the church.”

Bishop Kate Prowd, who was ordained as a Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne in October last year, said the event wasn’t just an event for those already in or about to start leadership roles.

“It might be someone who is exploring, who wants to learn, it’s a way of role modelling, it’s exposure, it’s listening to stories and I think that’ll be really helpful for people. So it’s very inclusive,” she said.

Participants are invited to RSVP to Bishop Blackwell’s PA at ntyrrell@melbourneanglican.org.au. A $20 donation to help cover costs is appreciated.

Monday 4 March, 5-7pm
Chapter House, 197 Flinders Lane