Women Plan International Anglican Network
Harrower, Vivian, Anglican Journal
Anglican women from around the world are planning to create a network to help them communicate with one another and to have greater input into deliberations of church bodies.
A proposal for a global Anglican Women's Network will be on the agenda for a decision by the Anglican Consultative Council's standing committee when it meets in March in Jerusalem. The committee will report its decision to the primates of the Anglican Communion meeting at the same time.
Rev. Alice Medcof of Toronto was one of 15 women from 14 provinces of the communion who met in London last fall to discuss the possibility of a network.
Canon Medcof said the meeting was called because the primates want more input from women in matters that should be addressed by the Anglican Communion.
The London meeting heard a report from Gwennie Rukare of Uganda, one of five official representatives of the Anglican Communion at the 1999 UN Conference on women in Beijing. Her report will also go to the primates next month.
Diane Maybee of Kingston, Ont., a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, acted as secretary for the meeting.
Ms. Maybee expects the council will accept the proposal that women need a network. …