News from WATCH

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 »

Statement from WATCH on the Release of the Independent Reviewer’s Report on the Sheffield Nomination

September 15th, 2017

WATCH were given the opportunity both in a written submission in and meeting with the Independent Reviewer, Sir Philip Mawer to comment in detail on the events surrounding the nomination of the Bishop of Sheffield earlier this year.  Both of these are recorded in the report. Revd Canon Emma Percy (Chair) and Revd Stephen France… Read more »

Statement from WATCH on the Release of the Independent Reviewer’s Report on the Sheffield Nomination

September 15th, 2017

WATCH were given the opportunity both in a written submission in and meeting with the Independent Reviewer, Sir Philip Mawer to comment in detail on the events surrounding the nomination of the Bishop of Sheffield earlier this year.  Both of these are recorded in the report. Revd Canon Emma Percy (Chair) and Revd Stephen France… Read more »

Sydney, Nashville – praying for a church that can rejoice in diversity.

September 8th, 2017

This November marks the 25th anniversary of General Synod passing the legislation that enabled women to be ordained as priests in the Church of England. As a member of the Movement for the Ordination of Women (MOW) I joined many others standing on the steps of Church House all day on 11th November 1992. We… Read more »

WATCH at Greenbelt 2017: Can you help?

August 2nd, 2017

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 ‘Calling and Vocation for the Common Good’, tying in with the overall Greenbelt theme of… Read more »

Unconscious Bias at General Synod, July 2017

July 22nd, 2017

Unconscious Bias at General Synod, July 2017. During Questions on the opening evening the Bishop of Newcastle spoke about the training offered on uncovering and addressing Unconscious Bias in relation to all aspects of being human. This is generally understood to refer to race and gender, but also includes other areas including sexuality. The Bishop… Read more »