Women’s voices in ancient texts and Australian churches

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  • TitleWomen’s voices in ancient texts and Australian churches
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Radio National
    Media typeRadio
    DescriptionWomen don’t just hold up half the sky – they make up more than half the church.

    In Australia, sixty per cent of people in the pews; a clear majority in every age group and denomination. Women, where they speak and what they say, has been a hot topic for nearly 2000 years of Christian history. Modern moves to empower women to teach and preach in churches can seem opposed to ancient Christian texts, but the early church was far from unified about “a woman’s place”.

    One-hundred years on from the landmark decision to licence Anglican women to preach, and 30 years on from the first ordination of Australian women as Anglican priests, how easily can women raise their voices in the church? And what happens when they’re prevented?
    Producer/AuthorDr Meredith Lake
    PersonsNicola Lock