This book "reinforces the critical importance of `preserving' ecclesial initiatives, particularly those which owe their existence and their continued life to the creativity, courage and commitment of `women of God'. The extraordinary variety and the sheer magnificence of Anglican women's work has yet to be sufficiently acknowledged, let alone respectfully appreciated throughout the Anglican Communion and so I welcome this book as a significant effort toward redeeming this ongoing problematic. This narrative provides overwhelming evidence of the irrepressible capacity of women to push relentlessly toward, within and beyond all of the myriad `places of possibility' within our inherently patriarchal church structures". -- Preface, p, ix].
Contents divided into five main sections: Introduction -- Part One : Women in the Voluntary Arena -- Part Two : Clergy Wives -- Part Three : Clergy Women -- Part Four : Conclusion.
Contents: Preface / Jenny Plane Te Paa -- Dedication -- Introduction -- The Question -- Form and Shape -- Post Modernisms as Possibility -- The Storytellers -- Integration: The Theory -- Applied Integration -- Personal and Professional -- Women in the Voluntary Arena -- 19th Century Beginnings -- WA: The Women's Auxiliary -- The Mothers' Union -- Parish Guilds -- ACW: Anglican Church Women -- Assimilation or Resistance to Change -- Collective Profile -- Fragments of Alienation -- Inclusivity: New Models of Partnership -- Who Are We Now ? -- Clergy Wives -- Common Dimensions of the Clergy Wife Experience -- Six Models -- Assimilation, Alienation and Mutuality in the First Person -- Clergy Women -- Who Are We Now ? -- Forces of Tradition -- Models of Ministry -- Spirituality -- Career Aspirations -- Living Alienation -- Ministry Challenges -- Home and Family: How Does It Fit ? -- Moving Beyond Old Role Models -- Woman Against Women -- Mutuality: Living the New Reign of Love -- From Rectorship to Partnership: New Models of Ministry -- Woman to Woman -- Domestic Partnership -- Conclusion.