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The Inaugural WATCH Annual Lecture: Religious Freedom in UK Education – Conversations about being Human

April 3rd, 2018

The Inaugural WATCH Annual Lecture Religious Freedom in UK Education – Conversations about being Human Revd Dr. Helen Hall , Chester Cathedral , 17 May 2018 7.30pm How much scope should parents and schools have in deciding the content and presentation of information to children?  Debates about RE and assemblies, what about science, Creationism, ethics, sex education,… Read more »

Developments in Women’s Ministry 2016-17

February 12th, 2018

Following our publishing of the Diocesan League Table of Female Incumbents (which can be accessed by clicking HERE), WATCH has recently published a table showing the movement between 2016 and 2017  in the percentage of incumbents/incumbent status clergy who are female. You will note that the Diocese of Ely top the list with 40% of… Read more »

Diocesan League Table of Female Incumbents

January 12th, 2018

The Ministry Statistics report for  those in ministry in 2016 was published in September 2017. Using these latest figures available from the Church of England the following table shows the percentage of female incumbents (or incumbent-level posts) by diocese for 2016. Click the link for the figures: diocesan tables 2016: % of female incumbents The average… Read more »

A Good News Story; the appointment of the next Bishop of London

January 9th, 2018

The following was written by Emma Percy, Chair of WATCH for the Church of England Newspaper.   The news that the next Bishop of London is to be the current Bishop of Crediton, Rt Rev Sarah Mullally DBE has come as a delightful surprise. In a submission to the public consultation on the vacancy in… Read more »

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Happy Christmas from WATCH

December 22nd, 2017

O Christmas Christ Born of a woman’s body, fed at a woman’s breast Teach us to build a church and a world Where women’s bodies are not violated women’s courage is honoured women’s gifts are welcomed So that all humanity may rejoice in the good news of your birth. Amen.   Once again the crib… Read more »

WATCH Press release at the announcement of the 133rd Bishop of London

December 18th, 2017

We are immensely delighted with the announcement of the Rt. Revd. Dame Sarah Mullally to be the 133rd Bishop of London.  Bishop Sarah brings with her a wide range of gifts, including leadership at a national level. This now brings the number  of Women diocesan bishops to three all of whom have a place in… Read more »

A response to the use of ‘minority’ in Sir Philip Mawer’s review

October 8th, 2017

A response to the use of ‘minority’ in Sir Philip Mawer’s review from WATCH member, Rachel Neaum On the 15th September, Sir Philip Mawer’s report into the nomination to the See of Sheffield was published. Mawer refers to those opposed to the ordination of women as the ‘minority’, which is unsurprising given that the fifth of… Read more »

The Revd Robert Hughes: 14 September 1952 – 4 June 2017

October 6th, 2017

The Revd Robert Hughes  14 September 1952 – 4 June 2017 There are some people who have helped us over the years with the campaign for women bishops whom most of us hardly knew and the Revd Robert Hughes was one of those. I cannot even remember who it was who put me on to… Read more »

WATCH National Committee response to the Independent Reviewer’s Report on the Nomination to the See of Sheffield

October 3rd, 2017

The national committee of WATCH has now had time to read and discuss Sir Philip Mawer’s review into the nomination of +Philip North to the See of Sheffield and his subsequent withdrawal. We note Sir Philip’s conclusion that there were no villains, however there was a serious lack of forethought. It is clear that the… Read more »

Ministry Statistics 2017

September 30th, 2017

Ministry Statistics published September 2017 The Church of England has published statistics relating to those in authorised (mostly ordained) ministry this week. Headlines have focused on the increases in numbers of ordinands starting training this year, and in particular the increase in women being accepted for training, and the higher proportion of young ordinands. WATCH… Read more »