The Rev. Coralie Ling is a longtime friend and colleague of WATER. She was the first woman ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia. As a Visiting Scholar and Minister, Coralie graces the office annually for a week, usually en route to the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, to catch up on the latest feminist issues in religion. Her wisdom and laughter most recently brightened the WATER office when she visited in November of 2013 before participating in the Feminist Liberation Theologian’s Network at the AAR meeting in Baltimore. Her special interests are in inter-religious work as well as feminist studies in religion.
Upon returning to her home in Melbourne, Australia, Coralie prepared a ritual with the community of Sophia’s Spring, an eco-feminist group of the Uniting Church which includes Gwen Benjamin, another beloved WATER friend. This “Midsumma” celebration is part of a LGBTIQ festival of arts and music held every January in Melbourne. It was a colorful event that even included an amazing rainbow cake.
We are grateful for Coralie’s ministry and friendship over the years. She keeps us connected to feminists in religion in Australia. We await her return in 2014.