Magazine article Anglican Journal

Women Form Support Group, Internet Chat

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Women Form Support Group, Internet Chat

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A women's conference has led to an Internet chat line and a women's support group.

The first North American Anglican Women's Leadership Conference was held in Vancouver in August, attracting more than 80 women from across North America. "The only thing we had in common was that we were all Anglican and we believed in being an integral component of the leadership within the wider church," said participant Fran Richardson of Toronto. "Women have traditionally been the backbone of the church but worked behind the scenes."

The Support Network of Women was organized because women need to connect and network across the country, Ms. Richardson said, noting that people may be connected with their own churches or even in their dioceses but no further afield.

Also, "there is a certain loneliness for women in ordained ministry. And women think differently than men."

Information about both SNOW and Anglican Women Circlechat can be found through organizer June Maffin, an Anglican priest in North Vancouver. …

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