MOWatch Conference 2008


2008 MOWatch Conference flyer - Keynote Speaker Dr Esther Mombo, Dean of Studies, St Paul's Uniting Theological College, near Nairobi
This year's MOWatch conference was a great success! The information below will stay online for reference purposes for a little while.

The 2008 conference of the Movement for the Ordination of Women, MOWatch, will be held from 25-29 August at the Burswood-on-Swan, situated on the banks of the Swan River, with easy access to Perth City.

Women of Faith in Action... Getting on with it!

The 2008 conference is shaping up to be a truly international one, with keynote speakers from four different countries and workshop presenters from different states of Australia.

Keynotes will be given by:

  • Dr Esther Mombo, a leading Anglican academic from Kenya
  • Dr Jenny Plane Te Paa, highly regarded Indigenous New Zealand theologian
  • Revd Canon Dr Jane Shaw from the UK, who was the inspirational key speaker at the Melbourne MOWatch conference in 2006
  • Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, first woman to be consecrated Bishop in the Anglican Church in Australia

Among the other presenters will be:

  • Ms Ann Skamp, Australian representative on the UN Commission for the Status of Women
  • Ms Shanairfah bin Suliman, a young Indigenous woman from Broome, for whom her faith has been a literal life-saver
  • And many more!

Dr Esther Mombo

As Dean of St. Paul's United Theological College in Kenya, Dr. Mombo also teaches Church History and Theology from women's perspectives.  She served as a consultant at Lambeth 1998 and spoke at the Primates' meeting in Brazil.   

She is a graduate of St. Paul's Limuru, Trinity College, Dublin and Edinburgh University, Scotland.  She is also a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.  Her writings have been on women's issues, evangelism, HIV/Aids, Christian/Muslim relations and poverty in Africa. 

In the Anglican communion, Esther Mombo is a member of the Inter-Anglican Doctrinal and Theological Commission and most recently, served on the Eames Commission which produced the Windsor Report.

Dr Jenny Plane Te Paa

Dr. Jenny Plane Te Paa is Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahitakea, a constituent of the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 41 in 1995 which broke with Anglican ecclesial and seminary traditions on many fronts.

Jenny was the first lay, indigenous, woman ever to be appointed as head of an Anglican Theological College, along with many other 'firsts' in New Zealand.  She has a lifelong commitment to the Anglican faith, extensive service to parishes and vestries, is also a serving member of the General Synod since 1994, also continuing as an academic and teacher. 

 Dr. Plane Te Paa was the first Maori person to complete a Theology degree in New Zealand and went on to further academic study completing her Ph.D in 2001 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Conference brochure and other information

Dates: 25-29 August
Place: Burswood-on-Swan, on the Swan River, with easy access to Perth City
Registration: Early bird rego closes 25 July, and all registration closes 18 August.

For more info and to register:

There is also a wilderness 'walking women's retreat' being held just after the conference that you might be interested in, while you're in WA. Download the flyer here.

Contact details for conference organisers

For more information, contact:

Perth MOWatch Committee members Members of the Perth MOWatch Committee (left to right):

back row - Rev Canon Pastor Theresa Harvey, Rev Margaret Beech, Rev Angela Webb, Rev Sue Lodge-Calvert
front row - Rev Lynne Eastoe, Rev Susan Thorpe-Gudgeon


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