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Australia participates in first zonal conference for women

Australia participates in first zonal conference for women

Australia participates in first zonal conference for women

22 September 2017

The first South Pacific and East Asia Zonal Women's Conference brought together women from across ten Salvation Army territories, commands and regions.

By Simone Worthing

“Culture is changed one conversation at a time,” said Colonel Julie Campbell, National Secretary for Women’s Ministries and Gender Equity Advocate, at the Women’s Ministries Zonal Conference in Bali, Indonesia, from 3-6 September.

“I am grateful for the many conversations during the conference and the faithful and vibrant leaders involved in ministry to women throughout the South Pacific and East Asia.

“I am looking forward to being part of seeing God's Kingdom grow through the many opportunities to help, work, disciple, equip, and be an advocate for women.”

Commissioner Silvia Cox, World President of Women’s Ministries, led the inaugural South Pacific and East Asia (SPEA) Zonal Women’s Conference.

Australian leaders attending were Commissioner Tracey Tidd, National President of Women’s Ministries; Colonel Campbell; and Divisional Directors of Women’s Ministries in Queensland, South Australia and Central Victoria – Lieutenant-Colonel Sandra Godkin, Major Rosslyn Casey and Captain Anne Jeffrey. Captain Jeffrey is appointed Assistant National Secretary of Women’s Ministries from 2018.

Presidents, Secretaries and a selection of Divisional Directors of Women’s Ministries from across the ten SPEA Zone territories, commands and regions, also attended.

Commissioner Janine Donaldson, Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the SPEA Zone, supported Commissioner Cox during the women’s conference.

“This conference gave us opportunity to participate in many different ways – to reflect, to discuss, to think about issues that pertain to this zone – and that stimulated the need for this conference,” Commissioner Donaldson said.

“It provided an opportunity for spiritual reflection and fellowship, and perhaps to begin to think differently about the way we work with women, our capacity, our challenges.

“We prayed that our conversations would result in fresh ideas, in changes in terms of programming and implementation, in a strengthening of relationships.”

Colonel Campbell said that it was a privilege to discuss the issues facing women and ministry to women at the conference.

Korean, Japanese and Indonesian interpreters enabled greater participation and inclusion of leaders from those contexts where English is not a first language.

The Women’s Zonal Conference immediately followed the SPEA Zonal Conference, led by Salvation Army world leaders, General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, which brought together leaders of the SPEA territories, regions and commands for discussion, contemplation and challenge under the theme Mobilised for Effective Mission.

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