JESUS WHERE’ER THE PEOPLE MEETTHEY’RE TOLD THEY MUST STAY IN THE STREET.AND WOMEN MUSTN’T MAKE A SOUNDWHERE EVERY PLACE IS PRIVATE GROUND

From THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:

For almost 40 years the International Women's Day march has set off from Sydney Square, between the Town Hall and St Andrew's cathedral in the city. But this year the march organisers received a rude shock. Unknown to them the square is mostly owned by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. And the church has put the International Women's Day Collective on notice. Women can rally in the square one more time, on Saturday, March 11. But in future years they must start the march somewhere else.

The Jensen Family Firm prescribes that women must submit to the "headship" of men in the church and in their marriage. It also opposes ordination of women. But a spokesman for the diocese, Russell Powell, said the women were not being singled out. A new policy on all rallies in the square was being considered by the board of the Glebe Administration Board, which is the church's business arm.

"It's private land," he said.

When Gabe Kavanagh, one of the organisers, received the email from the Glebe Administration Board she was shocked. She got the strong impression in her follow-up conversations with board managers that it was an "image issue" and that the church was sick of having protests in its space.

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JESUS WHERE’ER THE PEOPLE MEETTHEY’RE TOLD THEY MUST STAY IN THE STREET.AND WOMEN MUSTN’T MAKE A SOUNDWHERE EVERY PLACE IS PRIVATE GROUND — 5 Comments

  1. I’ve got a friend down in Sydney who hears me talk about how wonderful my church friends are and she wishes she had a group of friends like that.

    She is unchurched & not of “English” ancestry. European, yes, not English/British.

    I wish I could say to her, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

    but with an article like that, I’m worried!

  2. If they’re anything like the protesting wimmins I’ve known (and, once upon a time, been a part of), they’ll take Family Firm’s ban as inviting CHALLENGE. Game On! >;-D

  3. So if it’s “private land” does this mean the diocese will from now on pay for the square’s maintenance and supervision, in addition to the same taxes and rates for which other city land owners are liable? And if someone is mugged while taking a shortcut through there at night can the the diocese now be held responsible, since the attacker’s presence and activities on private property must have been with the owner’s tacit approval, on account of the fact that they’re now actively excluding those whom they don’t want? (A certain lawyer friend of mine can’t wait to find out 😉

    PS Skittles – there are inclusive Anglican churches here in Sydney at which your friend would be welcome, but they don’t receive (nor particularly want) any publicity from the hierarchy’s machine. St. James’ King Street is a great place to start, or Christchurch St. Laurence. For other places outside the city centre send me an email.

  4. I sent my friend the link to the article and this was the reply:

    “Archbishop Peter Jensen is very well known for his misogynist, out-dated pathetic ideas here (sorry if that offends); I never judge anyone on his actions. It is very sad though, because he does give everyone connected bad press.

    He seems almost a maverick – and anyway; I would never judge you on anything but your actions, certainly not my business and we should all respect everyone else’s beliefs and spirituality. Fundamentalism – extreme fundamentalism is quite another issue. ☺ “