WOMEN'S ORDINATION WORLDWIDE (WOW)
'NOW IS THE TIME'
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
RESOLUTIONS TO MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
OF WOMEN'S ORDINATION WORLDWIDE
AS PASSED AT THE WOW ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE
DUBLIN, IRELAND, JULY 2001
All of us, people of God, have gathered from twenty-six countries and six continents for the inaugural WOW ecumenical conference in Dublin, June 29 - July 1, 2001. As followers of Christ we answer the call to radical discipleship and seek justice so that all may participate in the sacrament of Orders. Conference members wholeheartedly celebrate the freedom of speech and the primacy of conscience proclaimed by the teachings of Vatican II. We consider any obstruction of these to constitute a violation of human rights and an obstacle to the Holy Spirit in guiding the churches into the fullness of truth.
Conference participants hold that vocations are not restricted by gender, race, marital status, sexuality, educational background or life opportunities.
1. That this conference calls on the Pope to revoke the ban on the discussion of women's ordination.
2. That this conference calls on each member organisation of WOW to pursue dialogue with local bishops, religious, priests and laity on the subject of women's ordination in the context of retrieving the discipleship of integrity.
3. That this conference calls on the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to restore the diaconate to women as was the practice in the early church.
4. That this conference encourages women who feel called, to study for the diaconate and the priesthood and resolves to support the establishment of suitable training courses where they are not available to women at present.
5. That this conference resolves to promote the cause of women's ordination by drawing constant public attention to the issue, through regular demonstrations by each member organisation, by an annual world day of prayer for women's ordination on the 25th March and by a world conference within three to five years.
6. That this conference calls on ministers in all the churches to adapt the language used in liturgy to reflect the equal dignity of all Gods' people. Images of God need to reflect both the female and the male.
7. That this conference salutes Ludmila Javorova, our sister priest, and the women deacons ordained by courageous bishops in the underground Roman Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia and asks that the Vatican join us in recognising the validity of their orders.
8. That this conference proposes that WOW through its member groups create avenues for the financial support of those who lose their position as a result of their stand on the ordination of women.
9. That this conference calls on WOW through its member groups to encourage those women and men who have been punished for their support of women's ordination to tell their story publicly and expose the Vatican's actions.
10. That this conference proposes the setting up of a rapid response email system by WOW in order to support the networking of women's ordination groups.
11. That this conference proposes that the purple stole/ribbon be adopted as the international symbol for women's ordination.
Dublin, July 1, 2001.