Dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women Priests

A gallery of photos taken at the dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women Priests.

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Hopes & Dreams Presentation

This powerpoint was created by attendees at the dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women Priests in the Anglican Church, held in Brisbane on the 7th Dec 2012.



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Second female Anglican bishop elected by Southern Africa

(First published October 5, 2012 Anglican Communion News Service)

A South African woman has been elected as the second female Anglican bishop in Africa. Canon Margaret Vertue, the senior priest in a diocese which includes most of the poorer suburbs of greater Cape Town, was elected bishop of the Diocese of False Bay on Wednesday (3 October).

The second of two women elected to the episcopacy in recent months, Canon Vertue was one of the two first woman priests to be ordained in Cape Town by Archbishop Desmond Tutu 20 years ago.

Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said, ‘I am absolutely delighted that the Revd Canon Margaret Vertue has been elected the next Bishop of the Diocese of False Bay’.

(Read the full article at ACNS here)

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Media round-up

The links below will take you to some of the coverage on TV/Newspaper/Web from last week’s lecture by Dr Muriel Porter in Brisbane. Keep visiting this website as more will be posted as they are published/broadcast.

TV interviews:
ABC Qld – Sunday night news story with Muriel, Susan and Kaye Pitman – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-12/women-priests-celebrate-20-years/4193874

Sunrise – Sunday live interview with Muriel and Susan Crothers-Robertson – http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/-/watch/30253673/

news.com.au – Struggle for women priests ‘worth it’


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Twenty years on: Where do female priests stand now?

The Reverend Canon Dr Marian Free and Dr Muriel Porter look back on 20 years of women’s ordination, and the road still ahead.

Read more at The Brisbane Times: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/twenty-years-on-where-do-female-priests-stand-now-20120810-23zkd.html#ixzz23BkrEDyP


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From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…

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ABC interviews senior Anglican women on 20th anniversary

The Anglican Church in southern Queensland is celebrating 20 years of ordained women clergy. The long path to ordination was at times difficult and to mark the anniversary a special celebration service was recently held at St John’s Cathedral. Attendees included Bishop Barbara Darling from Melbourne and Canon Marian Free from Brisbane. They were interviewed on radio 612 ABC Brisbane during Saturday Morning with Phil Smith:

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Toowoomba priest leads celebration

The Chronicle.  25/July/12

TWENTY years after Reverend Val Graydon helped shatter the stained-glass ceiling, she says there are still shards of resistance inside and beyond church walls.

Ms Graydon, assistant priest of the Anglican Parish of St Luke in Toowoomba, was among the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Australia.

Read the entire article online.

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Breaking news! Brisbane priest first woman to preach in the Cathedral in Honiara

I have just learned that Libbie Crossman will be in the the Solomon Islands for the next week or so.  Libbie is there as the Australian president of MU and is there for the MU Conference. Before she left, Libbie knew that she was to preach in the Cathedral in Honiara on Sunday and next Thursday. She didn’t know until she arrived that she would be the first woman ever to preach in the Cathedral.

Next year, that Diocese will consider the ordination of women at its Synod, which makes this a very significant event. Please remember Libbie in your prayers this week.

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“20 years of women priests – Was it worth it? – A lay woman’s reflection”

St Francis Theological College Sunday 12 August at 2.00pm in Lecture Room 1. The Speaker, Dr Muriel Porter, has played a leading role in the struggle to support women’s ordination in the Anglican Church. Muriel is a lay member of both General Synod and Melbourne Synod and serves on national and diocesan committees. RSVP is essential to Suzie on 35147411 or via email enquiries@ministryeducation.org.au  no later than 6th August as spaces are limited.

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