Female Priests

I called in on Jim Grover’s exhibition, Here Am I, in the gallery of the Oxo Tower which documents the ordination of female priests in the Southwark Diocese. I hadn’t realised how many women have now been ordained. There are 2,200 stipendiary female priests in the Church of England, 28% of the total, including 18 bishops (female bishops were only allowed in 2012), which means that much of the work of the church – community work, service in prisons – is in the hands of women, which Jim, who previously did an exhibition on the Windrush generation, shows with characteristic documentary thoroughness and thoughtfulness.

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