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Australia: Walkabout Ministries – The Reverend Gloria Shipp

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:25

The Rev Gloria Shipp. © Brad Chapman/ABM, 2012.
The Rev Gloria Shipp. © Brad Chapman/ABM, 2012. 

Because of her, we can!
 was the theme of the 2018 NAIDOC week celebrations. One of the inspiring women recognised was the Reverend Gloria Shipp from Dubbo. Gloria was the first Aboriginal woman to be ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Church of Australia.

She has been involved in parish ministry but felt a calling to explore new forms of culturally appropriate ministry which led to the establishment of Walkabout Ministries.

Walkabout Ministries encompasses chaplaincy at the Orana Juvenile Justice Centre in Dubbo, Women’s camps, Men’s camps (led by Gloria’s husband, Eddie), an Elders’ outreach group, Women’s dinners and ‘Women of the Bible’ days, baptisms, an annual Christian rally, and a Reconciliation lunch.

On top of her busy local program, Gloria is also Chairperson of NATSIAC, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council. In 2018 Gloria joined with the North-West River Convention Circuit run by Australian Indigenous Ministries to host a Dubbo rally during Easter. Gloria took some of the men from the rally to lead a singalong and share their testimonies with the boys at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre. This connection has led to a group from Moree continuing to come once a month to share time with the boys.

Please help Gloria Shipp to continue her pioneering and innovative ministry. AU005DB needs $25,000 in 2019 (non tax-deductible). The following are examples of what your gift can provide:

  • Women’s camps cost $1,300
  • Outreach trips cost $1,500
  • The Dubbo Rally costs $1,500
  • Gifts for Boys at the Orana Juvenile Justice Centre cost $300 per year
  • The Reconciliation Luncheon costs $1,600
  • Women’s dinners and bible studies costs $500
  • Elder’s lunch and craft costs $700
  • Outreach Family Fun Day costs $1,200
  • Men’s Culture weekend costs $1,300



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July 2019 – The Rev Gloria Shipp shares with us a report on her ministry so far in the first half of this year. Read more

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