This monthly newsletter is available for anyone who wants to read about aspects of Anglican Women’s Studies Centre. It is especially of interest to women. Contact Jenny Campbell, Dunedin Diocesan Link   to join the list  

Kia ora, Malo e lelei Talofa Lava Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Kamusta, Ni Hao, Greetings!

This month’s newsletter is all about what transpired at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – UNCSW60: Empowering Women / Sustainable Development.  An annual conference that is held every year.  This year Ven Mere Wallace represented this Province at the conference as part of the Ecumenical Women delegation.  You can read Mere’s report to the Archbishops as they sponsor this Province’s participation in this event each year.  The Anglican delegates then wrote a report for submission to the Anglican Communion meeting which is currently being held in Lusaka, Zambia in Southern Africa.  The unity and support of one another across the nations shines through these reports and is a leading light of gospel living to all within the Communion.

Please promote this hui – it would be nice to have at least 5/7 women from each Diocese and Hui Amorangi attend.  The name of the hui is KEEPING IT REAL: FROM RECONCILIATION TO RESTORATION.  This is a subsidized event so the registration fee for participants is only NZ$50 and it includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches and dinners. The hui will kick off Tuesday 5th July at 10am and conclude on Thursday, 7th July at 3pm.  There will be no evening sessions this year but we will still provide dinner for all the participants on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Next Wednesday 20 April in Wellington, the AWSC Council will be presenting the first copy of Vashti’s Banquet: Voices from her Feast to The Right Revd Dr Penny Jamieson.  This is the AWSC’s latest publication and is a collection of essays from various contributors from around the Anglican Communion marking the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman Diocesan Bishop.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase through the General Synod Office and is only NZ$25 per copy plus postage and packaging. There are a number of book launches planned both here and abroad including during the hui in Auckland.  We know that you will join us in congratulating Revd Erice Fairbrother and Revd Jenny Chalmers, the Co-Editors of Vashti’s Banquet in their significant achievement on behalf of the Council.  We greatly appreciate their dedication and perseverance over the past 2 ½ years.

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Arohanui – Karena
Karena de Pont
Administrator for the Anglican Women’s Studies Centre
Home/Office: +64 9 422-0102     Cell: 027 631-3083
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