AWSC Newsletter – June 2017

Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa Lava, Bula Vinaka, Greetings!

This month we hear from Anne Purcell and Revd Brenda Reed who both received assistance from the AWSC Mentoring Programme to attend a conference in Hawaii where they presented the Breathing Spaces workshop programme that they have developed and now deliver through the Glen Innes Family Centre.  This is an excellent example of Mentoring where the AWSC supports and nurtures women in ministry in their leadership and professional development.  Aspects of their story will resonate well with those that attended the last two AWSC Hui.

2017 AWSC HUI “Kia Ngawari – Finding a Wholeness”, 25 – 27 October 2017

It is with great pleasure and excitement that AWSC accepted the invitation to hold our latest offering in the Treasuring Women in Ministry Provincial Hui series at Te Karaiti Te Pou Herenga Waka Marae in Mangere, Auckland.  For many of our three tikanga sisters, this is a rare opportunity to be invited and stay on a marae.  It is an excellent opportunity to learn about various Anglican mission and outreach programmes that have been developed to meet the needs within this tikanga and share ways in which these can enhance our own mission according to three tikanga context and need.

As the Marae can only cater for 45 overnight you will need to register early if you want to take up this invitation otherwise there is plenty of accommodation options nearby.  The registration form is available from .  Please submit as soon as possible and encourage your colleagues to register too.

IAWN’s latest newsletter is now on-line at (Click on the ‘Issue’ version or on the PDF version which is labelled ‘Current Issue IAWN Newsletter May 2017’).  The May 2017 newsletter has news from around the Anglican Communion and some extra pages devoted to the comments and reflections of women who were among the Anglican delegation to the last session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

For Your AWSC Council & Link Diary:   The 2017 AWSC Council & Link Gathering is confirmed for Friday, 22nd September.  Remember that Links have been asked to identify and bring one younger women who has potential for leadership within the Anglican Church from their Diocese / Hui Amorangi to the meeting.  Travel costs for both Link and Mentoree to attend the meeting will be covered by AWSC.

LOOKING FOR STORIES FOR JULY & AUGUST NEWSLETTERS – The standing invitation remains for publishing a story, poem, reflection or article in our newsletter. The AWSC newsletter is also a good method for promoting any books that Anglican women have written or featured in or promote other regional Anglican events and stories that are of interest to Anglican women or honour those in ministry who have passed away.

I ask you as a AWSC Council member and Link Representative to be proactive and forward this attached newsletter to Anglican women in your Diocese and Hui Amorangi.  We still have a long way to go to reaching all women in ministry within our regions.  I am happy to put women onto our direct mailing list but you will need to pass onto me their contact details first and advise them that this is what you are doing. Back issues of our newsletter are available on our General Synod webpage on   If they do not wish to receive any further newsletters, they can email  and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line and I will remove their address from my distribution list.

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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