News from WATCH

WATCH Publish an introduction and guide to the Five Guiding Principles

October 15th, 2020

Six years ago, in 2014, the Church of England finally passed legislation to make it possible for women to be appointed as bishops. The church and the country breathed a sigh of relief that women were at last regarded as equal to men in the church. Except that was not completely true. A majority of… Read more »

The Consecration of the Bishops of Horsham and Lewes

July 14th, 2020

WATCH is deeply saddened by the announcement that the two new Bishops in Chichester diocese, the Bishops of Horsham and Lewes, will not be consecrated together in one service by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Had there been a joint consecration, even with some special arrangements, there would have been a clear witness to the stated… Read more »

Two new bishops announced by the Diocese of Chichester

April 29th, 2020

Two new bishops announced by the Diocese of Chichester WATCH notes the announcement of two new bishops in the Diocese of Chichester. Chichester is a diocese with well below average numbers of women incumbents and we hope the appointment of Ruth Bushyager as Bishop of Horsham will encourage the wider development of women’s ministry in… Read more »

RIP: The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, Anglican Communion’s first female bishop, dies at 89

March 16th, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, has announced the death of the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman to be ordained and consecrated a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Read the full article from the Episcopal News Service by clicking HERE

Twenty-five years on…a Lay woman’s view

July 27th, 2019

Over the past few months, WATCH has posted recollections and reflections on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood from a few of those ordained that year. It was a significant moment for the Church of England and for women, but the majority of women active in the church were, and… Read more »

Forty years on; A Woman’s Place is in the House of Bishops

July 4th, 2019

2019 is a year of anniversaries for those who rejoice to see women included in all forms of ministry, ordained and lay, in the Church of England.  We are celebrating 25 years since women were ordained priest; 5 years since the legislation to enable women to be appointed bishops was passed in General Synod; fifty… Read more »

Twenty five years on…..Doves, hope and challenge

July 2nd, 2019

Memory sometimes plays tricks on you, and especially if you are looking back 25 years. But I think that  I can remember it quite clearly amidst all the excitement and joy in Ripon Cathedral on that day. It was Trinity Sunday morning in 1994, and there were two specific ‘moments’ that will never leave me…. Read more »

Twenty-five years on: A Service of Thanksgiving at Ripon Cathedral Saturday 9th April 1994

July 1st, 2019

A week after Easter 1994, MOW organised a final conference and a national service of Thanksgiving that women were finally to be ordained as priests. It took place in Ripon Cathedral and was an occasion of great joy.   The Rev Elizabeth Baxter, who has written this, is the Director of Holyrood House,  a retreat house… Read more »

Twenty Five years on…..becoming more fully myself all the time.

June 30th, 2019

I was ordained priest at Ripon Cathedral and the memories of the day are of warmth and intense joy.  As the procession approached the main door of the cathedral it was as though creation joined in with our pleasure as white doves flew down towards us. I had been a deacon for six years during… Read more »

The first ordained woman in the Channel Islands

June 29th, 2019

Linda Le Vasseur, who was the first woman ordained in Guernsey, was ordained priest in 1996. We are including her story among our memories of the first ordinations of women to the priesthood as a reminder of those women who were the “first” in a variety of places, and as a reminder that it took… Read more »