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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 »

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

April 20th, 2019

In 1994 Easter was on 3rd April, so only those ordained in March were able to celebrate the Easter eucharist.  Congratulations to the 57 women ordained in 1994 in time to be able to celebrate the eucharist on Easter Day. On March 12th 32 women were ordained priest at Bristol Cathedral On March 15 10… Read more »

Transparency or Opacity – declarations, websites and jargon

March 7th, 2019

Last summer, an article in “Outlook” (the journal published annually by WATCH for members and others) challenged churches which had requested extended episcopal oversight, to make this clear on their websites and other publicity.  The article, written by Lizzie Taylor,  focused particularly on churches from the conservative evangelical group, who had requested oversight from the… Read more »

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We are seeking a new Treasurer

February 15th, 2019

We are looking for a new treasurer. You can find out more information here. Contact Mark Bennett for more information.

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 www.womensordination.org. 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 »