The OWL website served us faithfully and well throughout the last synodical term (2013–2015) as we dialogued on the topic of women and the call to the office of the public ministry, and as we prepared to vote. At the 2015 General Convention of Synod, the required two-thirds majority that would allow the ordination of women was not reached, but Synod made two resolutions after the vote:
20150216 RESOLVED: That Synod requests the CTICR to build on its earlier work regarding the ordination of women and men to develop a draft doctrinal statement for GPC and the 19th Convention of Synod that presents:
20150217 RESOLVED: that in the light of its teaching that only men be ordained, the church enter a period of careful theological reflection and pastoral work for the next synodical term to assist in maintaining its unity and harmony.
In February 2016 this website was revised in order to serve us again in the next synodical term (2015–2018). Once again we are invited to respectfully listen to each other as we prepare to receive and reflect on the draft statement from the CTICR.
The draft doctrinal statement on ordination, together with a statement why the ordination of women should not be a church-divisive issue, was considered in church-wide consultations from March to September 2017.
The booklet may also be ordered from the LCA National Office – email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (08) 8267 7300.
Members of the CTICR and bishops travelled to a number of centres across Australia and New Zealand for these consultation meetings. All members of the LCA and LCNZ were encouraged to come along to listen and contribute, particularly those who are Synod delegates.
When we feel we have been heard by others, we are more able to patiently listen to them. The first place we need to listen to each other is in local conversations. Sometimes however we need to be heard by the wider family of the LCA. If that’s you, then come and join the conversation. You might like to first gain a better understanding of what this conversation is about. We’ve provided some resources to get you started.
Fourteen of the best documents published by the LCA on the topic of women and the call to the public ministry.Questions & Answers (prepared by CTICR)
A printable booklet for use in congregations and an on-screen reading version, drawing together the resources from this website:
OWL for Everybody is open for comments.
Digging a Little Deeper is open for papers and comments.