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Celebrating Foremothers by Emma Percy

November 22nd, 2016

The day the church remembers St Hilda seemed a fitting day to take over the position of Chair of WATCH. Back in the late 1980’s when I was at Theological college in Durham I first became acquainted with Hilda. I had struggled to understand why having felt called to offer my life to the church… Read more »

There’s a mystery about Miriam

November 6th, 2016

There’s a mystery about Miriam She is the woman of many faces and fascination with her continues more than two thousand years after her birth. Variously labelled saint and sinner, prostitute and preacher, temptress and teacher, disciple and demon-possessed, the woman the world knows as Mary Magdalene continues to be an enigma. Who was she?… Read more »

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WATCH (London) At Home, 29 June 2016.

July 17th, 2016

Coming less than a week after the Referendum, we gathered against a backdrop of uncertainty, anxiety and tension, particularly raw in London.  How refreshing then for the 40 or so people who came to St Stephen’s Walbrook to join a lively group of lay and ordained, men and women, young and old, gay and straight,… Read more »

Christina Rees: A Brief Report on Gender, Gospel and Global Justice – WOW 2015

November 18th, 2015

The Third International Conference of Women’s Ordination Worldwide – 18 – 21 September 2015 A week before the Pope was due to visit the city, over 500 people gathered in Philadelphia to address and explore issues affecting Catholic women in the world today.  450 women and 50 men, including religious sisters and priests, from the… Read more »

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Patriarchy’s grip: still strong in the Church of England. WATCH responds to the Independent Reviewer

September 23rd, 2015

As part of the settlement on women becoming bishops, the Archbishops appointed Sir Philip Mawer as an Independent Reviewer, whose task is to adjudicate when there are concerns or grievances about how the 5 Guiding Principles on women’s ordination are applied in practice. The 5 guiding principles are listed here. The Independent Reviewer has adjudicated on… Read more »

Educating Boys: A reflection by Hannah Cocksworth

September 11th, 2015

Along with many other teachers across the UK, as the first week in September fast approaches, I’m beginning to think about what I’ll be teaching the boys who walk through my classroom door this academic year. As I think about my students and the knowledge that they will accrue, I also reflect on myself as… Read more »

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Holding Fast to the Vision: A Reflection from Christina Rees

July 9th, 2015

In a faded copy of the minutes of a meeting of my PCC, it is recorded that “Mrs Rees was thanked for entertaining the Harvest Supper, also she asked that the PCC should vote on the proposals for the ordination of women.” The date of the meeting was 8th October 1984. That brief note marked… Read more »

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Book Watch: Recommended Reads for the Summer

June 19th, 2015

Recent publications that have sparked our interest, provoked new thought and captured our attention. In this edition: The Teenage Prayer Experiment Notebook, The Book of Uncommon Prayer, and Man-Made: Why So Few Women in Positions of Power?

God and Female Language

June 16th, 2015

God: YHWH, “I am who I am”: ruach (Heb, f), sophia (Gk, f), logos (Gk, m), abba (Aramaic, m): “Let us make humankind in our own image”. Who would have predicted that one phrase in a three-minute speech would create such a fervent discussion about God? During the Westminster Faith Debate I said that having… Read more »

A Hymn to God the Mother by Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff

June 2nd, 2015

What difference would it make if we regularly – in our worship, our preaching, and our everyday conversation – talked about God as ‘she’? I don’t mean all the time, but often – perhaps even 50% of the time. What would it mean if we could talk about God as ‘her’ without sniggering or stropping, but as evenly as we talk about God as ‘him’. What would it do to the way we approach God, or each other?