Comments: WATCH launches Report on the Developments in Women’s Ministry 2016

"a fringe event" at the General Synod. Hair today, gone tomorrow. I sincerely hope not.

Posted by Pam at Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at 8:33pm GMT

This is important work, but equality's most likely to come as part of an inter-sectional alliance.

The fact that, post-consecration, the leading campaigners for equal ordination have joined in the bishops' omertà on sexuality shows the limits of sectional identity politics. The merged Changing Attitude/LGCM were criticized here for not taking an opportunity to call for trans rights, but they've certainly supported that cause elsewhere. Have WATCH ever released a statement expressing solidarity with LGBT people, or calling on England's Synod to change canon law to allow for equal marriage?

Solidarity should be show to WATCH regardless, but mutual solidarity strengthens it, and makes success more likely.

Posted by James Byron at Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at 11:56pm GMT

JamesByron might like to read a recent article posted on WATCH's website by the new Chair.

Posted by RosalindR at Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 10:43pm GMT

James - not heavily signposted, but here is what you are looking for?
https://womenandthechurch.org/news/the-chairs-thoughts/

Posted by Hilary Cotton at Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 10:22am GMT

Thanks for the link, and apologies for the delayed reply, missed the updates.

Looks extremely promising, and hopefully England can have formal collaboration between WATCH and OBOF. WATCH's campaigning expertise would be invaluable, and I'm sure OBOF would want to do all possible to forward gender equality. We're so much stronger together.

Posted by James Byron at Saturday, 18 February 2017 at 10:20pm GMT
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