WATCH Features

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 »

When women talk to each other: Church of England Newspaper article, August 2017

August 26th, 2017

When women talk to each other The participation of women in Hollywood movies is sometimes measured by the Bechdel test. The test is named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel who framed its three key questions in an ironic comic strip in 1985. Does the movie have at least two women in it? Do they… Read more »

Leading Like A Woman, Church of England Newspaper article, July 2017

July 25th, 2017

Leading Like A Woman, Church of England Newspaper article, July 2017 by Jody Stowell I recently heard someone say that they had never met a woman who could lead a church (cue an interesting conversation…) It made me realise that this view is probably as much a part of the conversation on the ordination of… Read more »

Women of the Reformation: Three Evening Events held at St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London

July 24th, 2017

The Revd Eliza Zikmane, Pastor of St Anne’s Lutheran Church, the Revd Dr Julia Candy, Anglican vicar of St John’s Church West Hendon and Sally Barnes an Anglican lay woman, decided some months ago they would like to work together to create an event to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Eliza and Sally are… Read more »

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 »