WATCH is pleased to be sponsoring this conference on Saturday, 20 April 2024 at St John’s Church in Waterloo.  You can book your place at the conference through this link or via the QR code below.

Women have been ordained as priests in the Church of England for 30 years now – and that is wonderful – but we still continue to ordain men who do not recognise them as priests or church leaders.  Churches can still say no to women applying to be their vicars and they can still say no to having a bishop who is either a woman or a man who has ordained women. There’s hardly any transparency about these arrangements so it is very difficult for ordinary churchgoers to know whether or not their church limits women’s ministry or not.

We believe that it is time to find a generous way to bring the arrangements that permit ongoing institutional discrimination against women to an end.

At the conference, our speakers will be reflecting on this proposition. They include the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover; Theo Hobson, theologian and author; Reverend Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Vice Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and Professor of the History of Modern Theology at the University of Oxford; Dr Alex D.J. Fry, sociologist and senior lecturer at Bournemouth University; Dr Jeremy Clines, Chaplain, University of Sheffield; and Nick Tall, Secretary of the General Synod Gender & Sexuality group. On our plenary discussion panel will be Revd Guy Hewitt, Racial Justice Director of the Church of England; Dr Sharon Jagger, Senior Lecturer in Religion at York St John University; and Revd Naomi Nixon, CEO of the Student Christian Movement.

A full programme is set out below.

240205 PROGRAMME for website

You can book your place at the conference through this link or via the QR code below.


We hope to see you there.