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WATCH launches online Petition to the House of Bishops


What do ordinary people think about the House of Bishops' amendment to Clause 5?

The House of Bishops has changed the legislation that will allow women to be bishops, senior clergywomen have expressed their concern, but what do the rest of us think?

WATCH has had responses from many, many people - lay and ordained - all wanting to have their views heard. So we are asking people to sign a petition asking the bishops to withdraw Clause 5.1c

Our hope is that General Synod will refer the Measure back to the House of Bishops in July, and that they will then withdraw this amendment.

To sign the petition please follow this link It is very quick and easy!

You will be offered the chance to make a comment about why you are signing. It would be very helpful for us if you could also indicate in that box your relationship to the CofE.

We are keen to encourage anyone who is concerned about the future of the Established Church to sign this petition, whether or not they are church-goers. Please spread the word as best as you know how, word-of-mouth, email, facebook, twitter.



Prayers for the lead-in to General Synod
WATCH has produced some prayer resources for the weeks and days leading up to General Synod from 6th-10th July. See here.

WATCH Statement of Concerns published
After consultation amongst and beyond WATCH members, the WATCH Committee has issued a statement giving their concerns about the amendments made by the House of Bishops. Page 7 contains the summary of their conclusion. Go to the 2012 Campaign page to download the statement.

Members consulted
See the Press Release.

WATCH Committee unanimous in its serious concern about Bishops' amendment: now consulting members
The WATCH Committee has issued a second statement in response to the Bishops' amendments to the legislation on women bishops. See the Press Release. They are also consulting widely about how they should proceed. The consultation paper is here.

House of Bishops makes two amendments to the legislation
See Press Releases.

WATCH urges House of Bishops not to amend the legislation
The Chair of WATCH has written to all members of the House of Bishops warning them that amending the legislation will make its approval in July less rather than more likely. Download the letter from the 2012 Campaign page.

Appointment of the Bishop of Chichester
Read the Press Release here.

Why the bishops must not amend the legislation
Read the paper by Rev Dr Miranda Threlfell-Holmes, General Synod Member, here.

'A Mantle of Praise'
Saturday 26 May, 2pm
Birmingham Cathedral
Join WATCH to celebrate 25 years of women's ordained ministry and to pray for the July General Synod vote on women bishops. Please join us to give thanks for all that has been, to celebrate what is, and to pray for what is to come.

To ensure everyone gets a seat, admission is by ticket only (no charge). For more information and tickets please contact Rev Ruth Fitter.

Mantle of Praise

Download A5 flyer here.


WATCH (Women and the Church) is campaigning to see women take their place alongside men as bishops and at every level in the Church of England. This requires the removal of current legal obstacles to the consecration of women as bishops. WATCH believes that the full equality of women and men is part of God's will for the Church and for the world, and reflects the inclusive heart of the Christian scripture and tradition.

more on the Campaign page

What you can do

• join WATCH via “Join”, to receive regular updates on the campaign

• get involved in a local WATCH network, via “Regional Contacts” on the homepage

• go to "Campaign" for an update

WATCH is campaigning for women to be bishops on a par with their male colleagues. We are working closely with various groups, including Parliamentary colleagues, to make this a reality. Now is the time to join WATCH, and to get a friend to join as well: the more members, the more effectively we campaign, and the sooner we will all belong to a Church that values women and men equally.


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Press contact: Sally Barnes 020 8731 9860 / 07759 343335
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