Affirming the Ministry of Women in the Lutheran Church of Australia


What kind of church do we want to be?  This question underpinned the discussion when the Women’s Ministry Network met in Adelaide on Saturday 6th October, 2007.  Under the title “United in Christ: Voices in the Silence” a relaxed gathering shared their dreams for the church with optimism and freshness.

Following an opening liturgy which moved from lament to hope, Geraldine Hawkes of the South Australian Council of Churches spoke about tools for maintaining integrity in the face of silence.  Tool number one was “be who you are” and tool number two was “don’t be who you are not.” She shared her own use of meditation for wholeness and keeping her sense of humour.

The group established its agenda for the day using the “marketplace” approach of “Open Space Technology”.  It led to a healthy exchange of ideas and hopes, with careful listening to each other, valuing of the diversity of ideas and people.  Some of those participating had said when they arrived that they were hoping for rest and refreshment, and all left having found supportive collegiality and joy.

Flossie Pietsch had come from Melbourne to share her creativity.  The multimedia presentation she gifted us with at intervals through the day – in video clips, poetry and liturgical symbolism – arose from her doctoral study in fine art over the past four years.   After pulling together the threads of the day she challenged each of us to find a way to express something of our own Christian journey. We were encouraged to find a fresh way to express our spirituality using imagination, creativity and design.

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