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The Right Rev’d Michael Perham

April 18th, 2017

WATCH is deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of its longest supporters 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 of gender at… 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.

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The Five Guiding Principles: Whose Flourishing do they serve?

February 24th, 2017

The national press, on the morning of July 15th 2014, showed beaming pictures of a number of the WATCH committee celebrating the passing of the legislation which opened all orders of the Church of England’s ministry to women. The actual legislation was simple; it removed the need to be male in order to be ordained…. Read more »

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WATCH launches Report on the Developments in Women’s Ministry 2016

February 14th, 2017

Women and the Church (WATCH) launched its annual report on “Developments in Women’s Ministry 2016” at a fringe event at the General Synod today. Speaking at the event the newly elected Chair of WATCH, Revd. Canon Emma Percy said “The WATCH report clearly shows that whilst much has been achieved there is still a significant way… Read more »

New Archdeacon of Manchester

February 12th, 2017

WATCH congratulates the Rev’d Karen Lund on the announcement of her appointment as the next female Archdeacon of Manchester.  The Bishop of Manchester made the announcement today. Karen becomes the first black female to be appointed Archdeacon in the northern province of the Church of England. Karen came to the Diocese of Manchester from Chelmsford… Read more »

The Chair’s thoughts on Gender Equality

February 9th, 2017

What we might learn from the business world about gender equality and diversity We often hear from the Bishops and those at the centre of the Church of England, that we have much to learn from the business world. Many of us have questions about some of these assumptions. But there is, I think, one… Read more »