Tuesday, 19 March 2013

When the Church Said No - She Loves Magazine

She Loves Magazine is a brilliant collection of women's stories from around the globe and is a frequent inspiration to me so I am so happy to be featuring on their site today. I originally sent a more general article about the failure of the the vote on women bishops in the Church of England last November and its effect on women but they asked me to submit a personal reflection on what is was like to be a shiny and new female ordinand at that time. Answer? Tough.

I have to say it was pretty hard to write. I spent a good twenty minutes staring at my screen and umm-ing and ahh-ing to my office mate about what I wanted to say. After the initial reaction of sadness and dismay shortly after the vote I hadn't really processed how I felt about the whole episode. There were certainly some things to work through to get these words on paper.

So do stop by and have a read and be sure to check out some of the other fabulous and inspiring stories on the site.


  1. That was very good indeed, Nicola. Well done for writing such a balanced yet heartfelt article. I so identified with your feelings from my perspective in Wales, where it took us two attempts to get the legislation for women priests passed and the second attempt to allow women to be bishops will be voted on in September. It will come, indeed it MUST come, if the church in these islands is not to become completely irrelevant.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Perpetua. I really appreciate your thoughts and glad it resonated, that seems to be the feedback I'm getting from a lot of women who have read it so glad to have got my thoughts down on paper!