First Ecumenical Assembly of Asian Church Women Held in Asia

[Updated 6 June 2020] In 1962, the Australian Council of Churches (ACC) received an invitation from Mrs Louise Paw, of Burma, for an Australian woman to attend a conference of Asian Church Women to be held in the Philippines. Mrs Paw was the Chairman of the East Asia Christian Conference (EACC) Committee on Cooperation of Men and Women in Home, Church and Society. The proposed conference was the second to be held by the Asian Church Women’s Conference, the first being four years previous in 1958 in Hong Kong. The women who participated in the 1958 Asian Church Women’s Conference were greatly enthused and motivated by the success of their event, and they could see the potential for equipping

'Of Christmas Past'

A Christmas message from the pages of the November 1977 ACW National newsletter ‘Women at Work’. The members of the Working Committee send you warmest greetings at Christmas and wish you all a New Year filled with challenging service and [we] bring you a Christmas reflection. St. Luke says exultantly, “Today in the city of David a deliverer has been born to you!” Like Job, so in today’s world millions cry, “If only I knew how to find Him!” “Will just one find you Lord, through me?” St. Luke goes on to say: “Then suddenly a heavenly choir burst forth in joyful songs of praise.” But, far beyond, in the infinite abyss of heaven, there was a Father’s heart that was broken. The angels could sing,

The First Winifred Kiek Scholarship Holder

Miss Connie Tan Kwie Hwa, a social worker from Djakarta, Indonesia, was the first woman to be awarded a Winifred Kiek Scholarship for one year of study. Miss Tan was the Directress of the Dorcas Children's Home in Djakarta, and her scholarship was awarded for post-graduate studies on child care. Connie spent the second and third terms of the 1965 academic year in Australia, May to December, with one term in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the very low-quality photo above is the only one of Connie Tan that I was able to locate in the ACW Archives. Please contact me if you have an image of Connie to update this post. The following is Connie Tan’s st

Past, Present and Future

Marj Dredge is the current National President of Australian Church Women Inc. She is here on the blog to introduce herself and present one of the main agenda items that the current National Executive will consider during their term of office. The National Executive also comprises Secretary: Rosemary Pitman, Treasurer: Barbara Grear; Dorothy Ferrier; Judith Dell; Nita West; Lynne Hook; Maureen Clark; Tricia Graham; Donna Bryan; and Lynette Green. Marj says: I spent my early years in Brisbane, Queensland, and eventually trained to become a teacher. In 1965 I married Colin, who was studying at the Churches of Christ Theological College in Melbourne and in 1966, we moved to take up ministry with

Our Aim/Objectives

Australian Church Women Inc. seeks to unite Christian women across denominational boundaries and to promote peace, understanding and unity through faith and love in one God –Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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Marj Dredge

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Rosemary Pitman


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Major Donna Bryan

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