The May newsletter is being published early this month and is available on our General Synod webpage on  , so that our readers get the chance to read the two AWSC Motions going before General Synod next week.  The first is Motion #8 regarding the Representation of Women and the second is Motion #14 stemming from our hui last year Violence Prevention is Our Church’s Business.  Let’s hope and pray that both these Motions get endorsed by your Diocesan and Hui Amorangi delegates and have the full commitment and support of all at Synod.

We also celebrate this month the launch of the latest AWSC publication Vashti’s Banquet: Voices from Her Feast.  We thank both Revd Erice Fairbrother and Revd Jenny Chalmers for being the Co-Editors of this publication that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ordination of a women Diocesan Bishop, The Right Revd Dr Penny Jamieson. Bishop Penny is the former Bishop of Dunedin and from the pictures and the feedback from those who were able to be there, it was a great night of celebration and honouring.  It is timely that we celebrate the launch of this book now, on the eve of a General Synod as Jenny Te Paa Daniels remembers an earlier Synod which was the last for Bishop Penny as Bishop of Dunedin but the Synod in which the AWSC was established.  Unfortunately, Erice Fairbrother wasn’t able to make the launch after becoming unwell while driving to Wellington from Napier for the launch.  She is well on the road to recovery now and is planning on being at the book launch during our upcoming hui in Auckland but please keep her in your prayers as she makes her recovery.  Copies of the book are currently for sale from the General Synod Office and are only NZ$25 per copy plus postage and packaging (see the advert for details).

You will also see an advert for the AWSC 2016 Treasuring Women in Ministry Provincial Hui KEEPING IT REAL: FROM RECONCILIATION TO RESTORATION. We already have confirmed Louise Nicholas, National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate as one of our guest speakers.  Louise was voted as NZ Herald’s 2007 New Zealander of the Year. This non-residential hui is open to all Anglican lay and ordained women in ministry of this Province and  I am accepting registrations now for this event so email to register your interest.  The registration fee is only NZ$50 which includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches and dinners so I hope you can join us for this subsidized event. There is some financial assistance to help with travel costs to attend the hui for non-stipendiary women.  The hui will kick off Tuesday 5th July at 10am and conclude on Thursday, 7th July at 3pm.  There will be no evening sessions after dinner this year.

As always, I am heavily dependent on your support this year for story contributions for our monthly newsletter whether it be a poem, reflection or article to that is able to be shared in our newsletter. This newsletter is about the women in our Province, what is important to us whether this be internationally or locally, and what is happening on our local patch or tikanga. The AWSC newsletter is also a good method for promoting any books that Anglican women have written or featured in (and it’s free!!!).  We wish to continue to help celebrate the wonderful contributions that Anglican women make to the life and ministry of this Church.

If you have friends and colleagues who might also like to receive these newsletters, you are most welcome to forward on this email or print out a copy to keep on hand.  The other option is to invite them to ask to be put on our direct mailing list. Back issues of our newsletter are available on our General Synod webpage on   If you do not wish to receive any further newsletters, please email and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line and I will remove your address from my distribution list.

Arohanui – Karena de Pont

Administrator for the Anglican Women’s Studies Centre


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