Marjory Verco’s outline of the beginnings of Australian Church Women (ACW) continues this week with the progress made after the formation of the Interim Committee of Australian Church Women: ‘In March, 1963 my husband and I left for overseas again, visiting [the] U.S.A. for six weeks. This time, as Vice Chairman of the I.C. [Interim Committee] of A.C.W. and President of N.S.W.W.I.C.C. [New South Wales Women’s Inter-Church Council], I arranged to meet representatives of U.C.W.
Australian Church Women (ACW) is fortunate to hold some great testimonies in our National Archive, especially from our earliest members. Today, I’m presenting one from Marjory Verco, a founding member of ACW who served as one of the two vice-presidents on our first national committee. Not only is her account of the beginning of ACW very interesting, but her brief comment about her mother’s generation also stood out to me. Marjory's remark echoes a lament frequently heard from
Updated: 3 June 2021* Deaconess Cath Ritchie was the 2nd National President of Australian Church Women (ACW), and she served admirably in this capacity in 1967 and ‘68. Her life was devoted to serving Jesus and the people to whom she ministered, especially women as she was a life-long advocate for the spiritual formation and theological education of women. Catherine Isabel Ritchie was born in 1909, the eldest of six children to Alexander and Marjory Ritchie. She grew up in th
I find it fascinating to look in the National Archive files of Australian Church Women (ACW) and see how our organisation developed over the years. Today, I am posting excerpts from a past national conference report on the Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC) prayer movement. This report was submitted for inclusion in the working papers prior to the 1991 conference taking place in Sydney. The report gives us a glimpse of how the FLC was operating in Australia during the early 1
‘To share with 106 women of 22 countries, living with them, talking with them, experiencing some of their hopes and aspirations was a thrilling experience. It brought into focus all the aims and purposes of our movement and gave to each who shared a demonstration of the oneness of true Christian fellowship.’ So began the report on the 6th Assembly of the Asian Church Women’s Conference (ACWC) written by Isabel Macintyre (Mrs Lt Colonel), an Australian Church Women (ACW) obser