Affirming the Ministry of Women in the Lutheran Church of Australia

I’m a girl

Four year old princess
Today’s conversation between a four year old Princess and her dad (her mum is an ELCA pastor)
Brad: “Abbey, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
Abbey: “A pastor.”
Brad: “Why do you want to be a pastor?”
Abbey: “Because dad, I’m a GIRL.”

Makeover for Episcopal Priest

The hosts of reality series hosts “What Not to Wear” first got a whiff of Rev Emily Bloemker’s fashion disasters when a family member nominated her last year. Intrigued by fashion challenges for a 27-year-old single female priest, the hosts decided to give Bloemker a makeover. The program format includes secretly following and videotaping nominees for two weeks, then surprising them with a visit and offering them a $5,000 Visa debit card to buy a new wardrobe.

That was the “ambush” part of the show and Bloemker said she that, while initially clueless about what was happening, she was also conflicted about the choice.

“Part of me felt very conflicted in accepting that much money, especially when I believe in tithing, in giving of our excess to the poor,” she said. “I was really concerned about what sort of statement this might make to the world about how priests value clothing and money.”

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Pope John Paul II states the need for ‘fuller and meaningful participation of women’

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 21, 2010JAN. 21, 2010
English: World English Bible - WEB

25 There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they would all be written, I suppose that even the world itself wouldn’t have room for the books that would be written.

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(Zenit.org).- Flaminia Giovanelli, an official of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will be the first laywoman to serve as the department’s undersecretary.

The pontifical council announced today in a communiqué that Giovanelli, 61, will fill the post left vacant since 2006 when Bishop Frank Dewane was named to the Diocese of Venice, Florida.

“The appointment of Giovanelli,” the note said, “confirms the great trust the Church and Benedict XVI place in women. In his time, Pope John Paul II also underlined the need for a ‘fuller and meaningful participation of women in the development of society.’”

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New ministry for Heidi

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We pray for God’s richest blessings on Heidi Smith as she prepares to take up a call as chaplain to the Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village in Buderim, Queensland. We know God has given you the skills and heart for this work, Heidi.

Middle Eastern Churches move towards Ordination of Women

The Sixth General Assembly of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches, an association of evangelical (Anglican, Lutheran and Reformed) churches of the Middle East resolved: “The Sixth General Assembly supports the ordination of the women in our churches in the position of ordained pastor and her partnership with men as an equal partner in decision making. Therefore we call on member churches to take leading steps in this concern.” This statement followed a report by the fellowship’s theology committee, which found no biblical or theological reasons to oppose female ordination. Read more …

Ordination of woman in Independent Catholic Church

Narelle Oliver was ordained on the 22nd November 2009 to the priesthood of the Independent Catholic Church of Australia, and will serve a parish community in Hemmant, Qld. The ICCA is a small denomination that began with a split from the Roman Catholic church in 1870.

Rev Oliver had been a member of Fr Peter Kennedy’s St Mary’s congregation, being drawn there when seeking a truly inclusive church. From there she found the ICCA.

“This is a deeply spiritual journey, not a political statement for me” the Courier-Mail quoted her as saying.
“Rev Oliver said she looked forward to the challenge of building up her parish community as part of a church that had only two doctrines – love God and love your neighbour.”

Courier-Mail 23/11/2009
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Miriam’s Song

Quote for today:

Mary Donovan Turner examined the story of Miriam’s song, finding in it the completion of the Exodus.  The event is only complete once it is celebrated.  She continues … Read more »

Returning from Theological Study in US America

Tanya Wittwer

I knew the learning would be more than academic when I accepted a LWF scholarship to study theology overseas.Some of the unexpected things I learned include:

  • If you leave a banana and a camera in a car when the temperature drops to minus 15 degrees overnight, the banana turns black and the LCD freezes.
  • Australian’s don’t make as much eye contact as people from the US, and don’t smile as much.
  • We have a long way to go in addressing racism in our country, but at least we don’t have the added complication of a past built on slavery.
  • There’s a lovely rhythm about daily chapel, even when the culture of the worship is unfamiliar.

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