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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 »

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Statement from WATCH regarding the announcement of the next Bishop of Sheffield

January 31st, 2017

WATCH notes the announcement that Rt Rev Philip North, currently Bishop of Burnley, is to be the new Bishop of Sheffield. Whilst we acknowledge the strengths he will bring to the role, with his experience and passion for urban ministry, evangelism and work with young people, we also note his stance on the ordination of… Read more »

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WATCH is now a registered charity

January 24th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that WATCH is now a registered charity (Registered Charity Number: 1171267). With a huge amount of thanks to all those who have worked hard in preparing the documentation and been involved in meetings that have enabled WATCH to become a registered charity. Also to everyone who continue to support us.

Church in Wales celebrates 20 years of women’s priestly ministry

January 11th, 2017

On Saturday January 7th 2017 the Church in Wales celebrated twenty years of women’s ministry as priests at simultaneous services in every cathedral in Wales. Services were held in Llandaff (preacher: Canon Jenny Wigley); Bangor (preacher, Enid Morgan); Newport (Bishop Dominic Walker); St Asaph (the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek);  Brecon (preacher, Canon Carol Wardman); St… Read more »

Una Kroll RIP

January 10th, 2017

WATCH pays tribute to the life of Una Kroll who has recently died at the age of 91. Una was one of those campaigners for Women’s ordination who kept the flame alight during the difficult years when the church simply failed to understand what women were offering. Her prophetic shout from the gallery of Church… Read more »

WATCH welcomes Emma Percy as new Chair

November 21st, 2016

On Saturday 19 November 2016, at the Women and the Church AGM, Hilary Cotton stood down as Chair having served for three years in this role. Time that saw the frustration and pain in 2013 to the celebrations of July 2014, and from then onwards. WATCH said a huge thank you and gave Hilary gifts… Read more »

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

November 12th, 2016

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by… Read more »