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Church of England Newspaper article July 2019

July 15th, 2019

It was heartening that most of the comment after the announcements, a few weeks ago, of three new suffragan bishops in the church of England did not start by remarking on their hobbies and families, but gifts such as “ intellectual rigour, and experience of some demanding social contexts” ; someone who “has stimulated ministry… Read more »

25th Jubilee!

March 12th, 2019

Starting on March 12th  this year, and lasting over three months, more than a thousand women will be celebrating a Silver Jubilee: the 25th anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood in the Church of England. Bristol Cathedral led the way, with 32 deacons ordained priest, and the following week three ordinations took place in… Read more »

The Woman of Valour: WATCH AGM Sermon preached on 17th November 2018 by Bishop Jo Bailey Wells

November 28th, 2018

Readings: Proverbs 31:10-31 and Matthew 11:16-19 16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;     we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say,… Read more »

Ministry Statistics 2017

October 13th, 2018

It may be thirty years since the first women were ordained deacons in the Church of England and a woman is now Bishop of London; but if we ask how far women have become an accepted and normal part of the ministry of the Church of England, and how well they are encouraged and prepared… Read more »

God; She, He and everything in between – Church of England Newspaper Article Oct.2018

October 12th, 2018

The conversation regarding the gender of God has been rekindled in the last few weeks with an article published by the Telegraph which included some quotations from the Bishop of Gloucester. Unfortunately, the Bishop then received some outraged trolling on the subject. Why is the idea of using female language and images about God so… Read more »

Pushing and pulling at the sticky door – Church of England Newspaper article July 2018

July 12th, 2018

In the summer of 2012 I moved to North London to become the vicar of St Pancras Church. The parish is part of the Edmonton Area of the Diocese of London. Edmonton has over a hundred churches, and by then women had been priests for 18 years in the Church of England, yet I was… Read more »

Changing the Culture of the Church of England – Church of England Newspaper Article, April 2018

April 30th, 2018

More than a year has passed since “Setting God’s People Free” was issued by the Archbishops’ Council as part of the Renewal and Reform agenda. It was received by General Synod and passed on to the dioceses for study and, presumably, action. It starts with the words “A great opportunity lies before us” and calls… Read more »

RIDING THE TIDE OF WINDRUSH: Church of England article February 2018

February 10th, 2018

RIDING THE TIDE OF WINDRUSH BY Revd Yvonne Clarke, Revd Canon Jennifer Thomas (Twins) This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush. In this article we have included three headings, which not only highlight the journeys of those who arrived on the Windrush, but also draw comparisons to our own experiences of a… Read more »

#100 Women – #our time now

February 9th, 2018

On February 6th the anniversary of the People’s Representation act of 1918 was remembered. This was the first time any women could vote in this country. The franchise was extended to property owning women over 30 and to all men over 21. The Guardian(6/2/18) published photographs of 50 individuals influential in getting women the vote…. Read more »

25 Years on: Church of England Newspaper article, November 2017

November 17th, 2017

25 years on. On the 11th November 25 years ago I, along with many others, spent the day waiting. I did my waiting in London outside Church House Westminster. The day began with the singing of songs and the waving of banners as I joined other members of the Movement for the Ordination of Women… Read more »