Women have been integral to and influential leaders of the church for centuries. Our programme brings together opportunities to hear, meet and learn from senior women in the Diocese of London as well as explore different issues around ministry through workshops. There will be space to think, pray and chat with others.
We are delighted to welcome The Rt Revd Bishop Sarah Mullally, Bishop-Elect of London.
Please come and join us to reflect, explore and deepen your understanding of vocation in the Church of England. If you are under 18 please provide us with written permission from a parent or guardian. A sandwich lunch will be available together with refreshments on arrival.
The Revd Jess Swift, Area Dean for Islington
“Sitting in front of my Forestry professor thinking about what I wanted to do after finishing my environmental degree, he asked me, “which part of my week did I enjoy the most?”
“Immediately and instinctively, I knew it was the children’s ministry charity I volunteered with. That conversation changed the direction of everything and a few months later I was studying theology in the UK. I have tumbled into many things, ordination included, at every stage there have been people (especially God) giving me courage and confidence, asking me questions, and leading me on. I was ordained in 2002, and I’ve been in the Barnsbury Parish since 2009 – I love parish ministry.”
Dr Jane Williams, Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, and author of a number of books, most recently, Why Did Jesus Have to Die? (SPCK, 2016).
“I grew up in a Christian family, and studied theology at Cambridge, partly to discover if it was a faith that would remain credible outside my family circle. I discovered that God gets bigger and more exciting the more you study and teach.
“I think I assumed that I would be ordained, eventually, but it wasn’t possible for women to be priests when I started my theological study, and by the time it was, I had realised that ordination is just one kind of calling, and that it was not the one God had for me.
So I hope part of what I can bring to our discussion on 3 March is a story that might help people work out whether their call to ordination or one of the many other ministries in the body of Christ.”