“The big message from this election is that women spoke, in fact they roared,” said Micah Australia Executive Director Reverend Tim Costello.
Are quotas or targets the best way to achieve increasing the numbers of women in charge of our parishes? The clergy legislation bill to come before our next Melbourne Synod will include provision for Archbishop in Council to set a target.
“It’s amazing how God has used my experiences to build empathy for other people,” says Deb Fox, a parishioner at St Alfred’s in Blackburn North.
General synod groups are set to feature more women in membership
Across all viewpoints in the church, the Bible requires appropriate handling in cases of domestic abuse.
The Reverend Clem Taplin often winked at the portrait of her father, Archbishop Sir Frank Woods, as she passed it in her work as chaplain for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne offices, before her retirement in 2021.
I am writing in response to Stephen Cauchi’s reporting on the draft Clergy Legislation Review bill which has now been released in April’s TMA.
Our country has been on a long road towards recognising violence against women and other vulnerable people, and has started to take steps to prevent violence and support those affected by it.
Proposed quotas for female vicars will be abandoned if a new “once-in-a-generation” Clergy Legislation Review Bill is passed at the next Melbourne Synod.
The Reverend Dr Jill Firth’s life and ministry is proof that, at least sometimes, God indeed does work in mysterious ways.