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Install Updates

June 10th, 2018

My phone, tablet and computer flashes the messages ‘install updates’ and I am aware that the reason things have been running a bit slower is my failure to respond to this. I key in the appropriate codes and watch as the process of updating happens. This is part of modern life; part of the changing… Read more »

An Ordination Day Witness for a New Church for a New Day

May 18th, 2018

WATCH offers prayers and support to those in the Roman Catholic Church campaigning for equality of ministry. Women’s Ordination Conference, a voice for women’s equality in the Catholic Church were formed in 1975. You can keep up to date with their events and support them through Their latest blog detailing their Ordination Day witness… Read more »

The Installation of Bishop Sarah as the 133rd Bishop of London

May 15th, 2018

WATCH shares in the delight of many who witnessed the installation of the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Sarah Mullaly DBE as Bishop of London. Anne Stevens, WATCH Committee member who was at the installation commented; ‘It was a wonderful celebration, full of joyful fanfares and anthems, and the Cathedral team had taken great care… Read more »

Ascension Day Sermon from the Rev’d Dr Erica Longfellow, Dean of Divinity, Chaplain and Fellow, New College, Oxford

May 15th, 2018

In the name of God who made us, loves us and keeps us. Amen. There is a moment in the recent Avengers film when two groups of good guys are mistakenly fighting one another because no one realises they’re all on the same side. Eventually, one of them calls out, in that portentous superhero way… Read more »

Developments in Women’s Ministry 2016-17

February 12th, 2018

Following our publishing of the Diocesan League Table of Female Incumbents (which can be accessed by clicking HERE), WATCH has recently published a table showing the movement between 2016 and 2017  in the percentage of incumbents/incumbent status clergy who are female. You will note that the Diocese of Ely top the list with 40% of… Read more »

Diocesan League Table of Female Incumbents

January 12th, 2018

The Ministry Statistics report for  those in ministry in 2016 was published in September 2017. Using these latest figures available from the Church of England the following table shows the percentage of female incumbents (or incumbent-level posts) by diocese for 2016. Click the link for the figures: diocesan tables 2016: % of female incumbents The average… Read more »

A Good News Story; the appointment of the next Bishop of London

January 9th, 2018

The following was written by Emma Percy, Chair of WATCH for the Church of England Newspaper.   The news that the next Bishop of London is to be the current Bishop of Crediton, Rt Rev Sarah Mullally DBE has come as a delightful surprise. In a submission to the public consultation on the vacancy in… Read more »

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Happy Christmas from WATCH

December 22nd, 2017

O Christmas Christ Born of a woman’s body, fed at a woman’s breast Teach us to build a church and a world Where women’s bodies are not violated women’s courage is honoured women’s gifts are welcomed So that all humanity may rejoice in the good news of your birth. Amen.   Once again the crib… Read more »

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 »