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Twenty-five years on; reflections on ministry

May 13th, 2019

Chichester Diocese May 15th In 1992, the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev Eric Kemp, was one of those most vehemently opposed to the ordination of women as priests. Chichester became a diocese where priests who continued to oppose ordained women felt welcome. The same could not always be said for women with a vocation… Read more »

WATCH at Greenbelt 2019

May 9th, 2019

As in previous years, WATCH is delighted that we’ll have a presence at Greenbelt this year in the form of a stand in the newly named ‘Greenbelt Takeaway’ (previously G-Source). Working with and alongside Inclusive Church, our theme will be tied in with the overall Greenbelt theme of ‘Wit and Wisdom’. We’re appealing for help… Read more »

Save the Date – WATCH AGM 5 October 2019

May 9th, 2019

We have decided to move the date of our AGM this year, as many members told us that the late November date clashed with their Diocesan Synods. We will hold the AGM on 5th October. Our speaker will be the First Church Estates Commissioner, Loretta Minghella, while Bishop Anne Hollinghurst will preside at the Eucharist.

Congratulations to those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood

May 7th, 2019

We continue our celebration of those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood: Congratulations to the 449 women ordained priest from May 1st to Pentecost (22nd May) In the diocese of Hereford, on 7th May, 15 women were ordained priest In the diocese of Leicester, on 7th May, 19… Read more »

Twenty-five years on; reflections on ministry

April 30th, 2019

Twenty five years on…. Many women who were ordained in 1994 (and it still is the case today)  were ordained to a “non-stipendiary” ministry. In other words, they were not paid.  For some, this was because bishops were still unwilling to ordain a woman to a full time, paid role, particularly if this meant they… Read more »

Twenty-five years on, a reflection on ministry. A Hard Road to Priesting

April 24th, 2019

Twenty-five years on…..A Hard Road to Priesting Not all memories from 1994 are joyful one. Janet recalls her road, which at times felt more like an obstacle course,  to her ordination on 23rd April in the diocese of Manchester. I knew it was going to be a hostile interview as soon as I walked into… Read more »

Congratulations to those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood

April 24th, 2019

We continue our celebration of those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood: Congratulations to the 222 women ordained on 23 and 24 April 1994 In the diocese of Coventry, 35 women were ordained priest on 23 April In the diocese of Guildford, 32 women were ordained priest on… Read more »

Congratulations to those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood.

April 20th, 2019

In 1994 Easter was on 3rd April, so only those ordained in March were able to celebrate the Easter eucharist.  Congratulations to the 57 women ordained in 1994 in time to be able to celebrate the eucharist on Easter Day. On March 12th 32 women were ordained priest at Bristol Cathedral On March 15 10… Read more »

Transparency or Opacity – declarations, websites and jargon

March 7th, 2019

Last summer, an article in “Outlook” (the journal published annually by WATCH for members and others) challenged churches which had requested extended episcopal oversight, to make this clear on their websites and other publicity.  The article, written by Lizzie Taylor,  focused particularly on churches from the conservative evangelical group, who had requested oversight from the… Read more »

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We are seeking a new Treasurer

February 15th, 2019

We are looking for a new treasurer. You can find out more information here. Contact Mark Bennett for more information.