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Public Consultation for the next Bishop of London: A message from WATCH (London) Branch

May 25th, 2017

Please see the notice regarding a Public Consultation for the next Bishop of London.   It is important that as many of us as possible attend this meeting.   We need to give our clear views on what should be included in the profile for the next bishop, whose remit, beliefs and actions will go… Read more »

Dragon Slayers: The Chair’s thoughts.

May 12th, 2017

I am sitting down to write this on St George’s day, England’s patron saint and famous dragon slayer. This morning I sat in Christ Church Cathedral enjoying the light pouring through the South window of the Archangel Michael, surrounded by his army of angels, defeating the dragon. Both of these saints feast days are significant… Read more »

WATCH congratulates June Osborne

May 1st, 2017

WATCH is delighted to congratulate Dean June Osborne on her election as Bishop of Llandaff in the Church in Wales. We rejoice with and for the diocese and the Province that they will be welcoming a woman with such wisdom and experience as their new bishop. Dean Osborne has been an inspiration to so many… Read more »

The Funeral of the Right Reverend Michael Perham

April 29th, 2017

Details have been received from Bishop Rachel and Dean Stephen regarding the funeral of Bishop Michael:   The Funeral Eucharist of the Right Reverend Michael Perham will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 6 May at 2.00 pm. All are welcome.  Please note that there will not be a memorial service at a future… Read more »

The Right Rev’d Michael Perham

April 18th, 2017

WATCH is deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of its longest supporters of gender equality and Hon Vice-Presidents, The Rt Revd Michael Perham.  We have long valued Bishop Michael’s wise counsel, proactive support, and dedication to the Church of England where he worked hard to see opportunities for all to minister regardless… Read more »

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Help shape the clergy of the future

March 20th, 2017

Could your skills and experience help nurture those exploring a vocation to ordained ministry? We’re looking for enthusiastic people of faith to be mentors to young women, people of BAME heritage and disabled people as they discern God’s call on their lives. We’ll provide you with training, networking opportunities and advice as you support your… Read more »

Yvonne Clarke, Ordained Female Deacon, 15th March 1987. A celebration of 30 Years

March 18th, 2017

The Rev’d Yvonne Clarke celebrates 30 years as a Female Deacon in the Church of England. She tells her story here. WATCH congratulates and celebrates with Yvonne. I told my family that WATCH asked me to write briefly on celebrating thirty (30) years as a Deacon in the Church of England, the first black female…. Read more »

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WATCH statement on the Bishop of Sheffield

March 9th, 2017

WATCH wishes to express our compassion and concern for all involved in this situation – the Diocese of Sheffield its people and churches, and Bishop Philip. We know that the debates over the appointment of a non-ordaining bishop to Sheffield have been deeply painful and divisive for all involved. We have always been clear that… Read more »

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Looking for balance.

March 5th, 2017

Over these last weeks, questions about the appointment of the Bishop of Burnley as the new Bishop of Sheffield have been asked in the media and debated on social media. The website SAME (Sheffield Action on Ministry Equality https://shefminequal.wordpress.com) offers a good round up of the discussion. It is deeply sad that such a debate… Read more »

Emma Percy and the Rev’d Kate Bottley appear on the BBC’s The One Show

March 1st, 2017

WATCH Chair Emma Percy and Rev Kate Bottley were on the BBC One Show last night, 28th February, talking about God, feminism and fancy clergy frocks. You can see the piece by clicking HERE (from about 8 minutes 50 seconds). Here is the sermon Emma was preaching in full.