A Wonderful Surprise

[Updated 6 June 2020] Another request for information, from our ACW blog, has been answered by the delivery of a very generous gift that winged its way from Yangon, Myanmar, to Melbourne, Australia. It came from a dear friend of Australian Church Women, Dr Esther Byu, a past Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC). On 14 May, I received an unexpected email from Esther to say that because of the ‘stay home’ rules, she had time to think of friends and to pray for them, as well as an opportunity to sort out her files and photos related to the various ecumenical organisations and movements she has been involved with over the years. Esther wrote to me to enquire if I was sti

Assisting Our Neighbours

In 1971, Australian Church Women (ACW) suggested projects to be assisted by grants from the Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC): the Institute for Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs*, and the training for the wives of ministers-in-training at two theological colleges in Papua New Guinea (PNG) – Rarongo Theological College of the United Church at Kerovat, near Rabaul, and the Lutheran Seminary in Lae. The Rarongo project was accepted, and it was announced in the July 1971 ACW newsletter that a cheque for the grant had arrived from Geneva. [*The project for the Institute for Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs was funded in 1972.] It just so happened that Eileen Dingle, Second Vice-Pre

Moving Forward in Faith

In the early days of Australian Church Women, our newsletter was called Women at Work. The following 1970s description of women at work reflected society’s expectations for the era, but the theme of the writer’s message remains current: Be still before the Lord and listen. This message appeared in the November 1970 edition of the ACW newsletter: ‘Women at Work conjures up pictures of a great flurry as cuppas are served, dishwashing, floor polishing, ironing – oh, and so many often routine never-ending tasks. These are still to be done, but there are occasions when, instead of being the Marthas, the women of the Christian Church must be Marys. To stop and listen can be hard because it seems a

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

With Mother’s Day almost upon us, I was attracted by a heading that I spotted when browsing the Archives of Australian Church Women (ACW). It was on the cover of the April 1969 issue of the ACW newsletter, during the challenging era of the ‘swinging 60s’, and it was advertising National Marriage and Family Week. The information stated: ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World! Or does it?’ ‘For years we have accepted this as a self evident [sic] truth, but now we are not so sure. Perhaps the hand that rules the cradle rocks the world. At any rate something rocks the world today and women (and men) should give serious thought to their role in bringing up children in our bewildering soc

Some Needs Haven't Changed

Almost 12 months old, the infant National Committee of Australian Church Women (ACW) held its second gathering in January 1966 at St Hilda’s College, the University of Melbourne, Victoria. The committee was about 30 in number, including two or three men, and they discussed and formulated plans for the remainder of the year. Between this national meeting and the next one in 1967, the Working Committee implemented the day-to-day work of ACW. One area of the national discussion that is still ‘front and centre’ today was migrant welfare and integration. It was recorded that: ‘The Rev. Harvey Perkins, General Secretary of the Australian Council of Churches (ACC), gave a challenging account of the

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