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General Synod Elections

October 14th, 2020

The General Synod elections for 2020 have been deferred by 12 months, meaning voting will now be in September 2021. We are continuing to work with Inclusive Church and other to… 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… 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… 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… Read more »

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more »