Could Ballarat soon have a female priest?
Ballarat's Anglican synod will meet this Friday and Saturday to decide exactly that.
If passed, the historic move would bring Ballarat into line with other parts of the Church in Australia, where women are now allowed to be ordained as priests.
For the synod this week, the topic of women being allowed to be ordained as priests will be front and centre in discussions.
Earlier this year, Bishop Garry Weatherill wrote for Ballarat's Anglican newspaper The Chronicle, stating his belief that such a vote would succeed.
"It seems clear that if the Clarification Canon allowing this to happen comes before our synod, then it will pass, and I would be free to ordain women as priests and place those priests in Parish ministries," Bishop Garry wrote.
"Some people would welcome this move. Some are strongly opposed to the idea and many are unsure about such a proposed change."
Anglican church historian David Wetherell said the proposal was based on poor arguments.
He said the protocol was a vague diplomatic statement that could allow a future bishop to "ride roughshod" over the whole congregation.
Mr Wetherell said a minority of people in the synod were strongly opposed to it, but not because they were opposed to women.
He said the priesthood belonged to the whole universal church, not just Anglicans.
As such, the Anglican church did not have the authority to ordain female priests on its own.
"The Ballarat synod sees it as a social justice issue," he said.
"I think there should be a women's ministry but not a priesthood."
Bishop Garry convened a number of meetings in August to discuss the issue with parishioners, offering a circle-process for "conversation, deep listening and dialogue."
Ideas both for and against were discussed at those meetings and published on the dioceses website.
These include "Anglicans don't like change", "diversity in unity" and "moving on should be done as a Church".
Synod will be held on October 18 and 19 in Ballarat.