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Women in Ministry, the Church of England and Statistics: A closer look

March 2nd, 2020

Women in Ministry, the Church of England  and Statistics: A closer look When the Church of England published its annual report on ministry in the Church of England last September, it was accompanied by an up beat press release beginning with the statements “the number of female clergy continues to rise” and “more women than… Read more »

The Open Wound of Mutual Flourishing

November 21st, 2019

Recently Dr Gabrielle Thomas published an article in the journal “Ecclesiology” in which she tells how a majority of  ordained (Anglican) women in a recent research project described the concept of Mutual Flourishing as an open wound in the church of England. She  suggests a possible theological model for moving beyond this hurt . The… Read more »

Church of England Newspaper article, October 2019: Trust and Transparency: Essentials for Mutual Flourishing

October 6th, 2019

Gospel ministry should be honest and open. Hidden practices and apparent deception should not be in the armoury of those seeking to bring people to Christ. In a recent talk Sir Philip Mawer, the former Independent Reviewer, spoke of the principles which underpin the 2014 settlement on women bishops: simplicity, reciprocity and mutuality, and the… Read more »

Church of England Newspaper article, August 2019 – A Church For All

August 7th, 2019

I am happy to be celebrating 25  years as a priest in the Church of England.In spite of it being a difficult, rocky path the Church has made commendable progress on women’s ministry. However the church can not rest on its laurels as much work remains to be done. I began my ministry as a… Read more »

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 »