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

May 30th, 2019

We continue our celebration of those women who have recently celebrated 25 years since their ordination to the priesthood: Congratulations to the 293 women ordained after Pentecost in 1994 In the diocese of Ely, 25 women were ordained on 28th May In the diocese of Durham, 19 women were ordained on 28th May and 19… Read more »

Here Am I – a photographic exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first ordinations of women to the priesthood

May 24th, 2019

 Here Am I A special exhibition of photography by the photo storyteller, Jim Grover, has been commissioned by the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first ordinations of women to the priesthood in the Church of England. It will be held at the Oxo Gallerybetween22 May… Read more »

‘500 churches in the C of E still ban female priests’: Dioceses Commission Review sparks comment in The Sunday Times

May 24th, 2019

A recent article in the Sunday Times (28 April 2019) was headlined: ‘500 churches in C of E still ban female priests’. The report[1] highlighted the number of parishes revealed to have sent a Letter of Request (‘Resolution parishes’) under the 2014 Settlement, asking to receive the episcopal ministry of the Bishops of Beverley, Ebbsfleet,… Read more »

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 »