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PHOEBE. PHOEBE was launched in March 2000 in Tokyo, responding to the invitation of WOW in year 1998 when the first steering goup met in London in preparation for the First Conference in Dublin. Though our climate here is not so encouraging to the cause, and we are only a handful of members, inspired and encouraged by worldwide movements, we like to be a part of WOW dreaming of our future Church. A long way yet, but we like to take this as a part of our undertaking of the structural reform of the Church where the ministerial responsibility should be shared and the church should be enriched for the service of our peoples.

We (PHOEBE) are about a dozen women: lay and religious with diversity in age, nationality and profession: a feminist theologian, teachers, social scientist, justice and peace activist, jounalist, church workers, etc. We meet regularly and our objectives are as follows:

Write to Sr. Naoko Iyori


Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Gossmann. German, born in 1928, has been living in Japan for decades.

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