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Women and the Australian Church (1984 - )

From
1984
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Occupations
Religious organisation
Website
http://www.watac.net/
Location
9 Casey Close Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

Summary

Women and the Australian Church was established in 1984 as a means of changing the understanding of the role of women in the Australian church and in society. It was initiated by the women Religious within the Catholic church and has been supported ideologically and to some extent financially by the Religious Orders of both men and women. It has developed into a network of local and regional groups in the various states of Australia. Men are included in the membership. Although Catholic by origin, it encourages membership from other religious denominations.

Details

On its establishment as a national project of the Religious women and men of Australia, Women and the Australian Church Inc (WATAC) nominated the primary task to be consciousness raising of women on Christian feminist issues. It has a membership of approximately 2000. WATAC is committed to 'a participative, inclusive model of church which commits women to work towards new forms of partnership with men and with each other in the church', and to 'the emergence of the feminine as intrinsic to an understanding of God, to human wholeness and thereby to church renewal'. The name, WATAC emerged from the ideas of the founding committee who wanted to include all women regardless of whether they were active members of an institutional church.
Separate groups operate in the Australian states and territories.

Sources used to compile this entry: Story of WATAC, http://www.watac.net/story.htm, accessed 03 11 04.

Archival resources

Women and the Australian Church

  • Women and the Australian Church records, 1984 - ; Women and the Australian Church (1984 - ); Women and the Australian Church . Details

Rosemary Francis

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