Our vision for the future of women’s ministry in the Diocese in Europe is to increase the number of ordained women in positions of ministry at every level across the diocese.
We are working to bring about this vision in the following ways:
- Supporting and advocating on behalf of female clergy colleagues in the diocese
- Encouraging younger women to explore vocations and seek training within the diocese
- Encouraging senior women priests to apply for roles in this diocese
- Increasing opportunities for clergy formation, spiritual development and well-being
- Building a network of support between female colleagues
The work of representing the needs and interests of ordained women in the diocese is led by our Dean of Women’s Ministry, Revd Canon Debbie Flach. She is supported by the Assistant Dean, Revd Catriona Laing. Their role also includes ensuring that the voice of women is heard at senior leadership level in the diocese.
A key part of their role is linking with other organisations committed to seeing women’s ministry flourish. These include:
- The National Association of Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry (NADAWM)
- Transformations – the Church of England Steering Group for women’s ordained ministry
- WATCH (Women and the Church)
- The Junia Network - an evangelical women’s network
They also organise a series of regular events. These include a quarterly zoom meeting which addresses issues of theological, ethical, spiritual and social concern. They also run online retreat days and hold a clergy conference every two years.