Here Am I

A photo-story by Jim Grover

As part of this project, Jim recorded conversations with each of the 12 women asking them:

(i) You

What were you doing 25 years ago?
How did ministry come about for you?
What lies at the core of your faith?
Which Bible passage resonates with you, and why?
How do you spend your time outside ministry?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

(ii) Your ministry

How do you express the core of your faith in your ministry?
Which part of your ministry gives you the greatest fulfilment?
Which part of your ministry do you find most challenging?
What’s the difference you’d like your ministry to make in your community?

(iii) Women clergy in the Church of England

Do you believe female clergy have changed the Church of England over the last 25 years? If so, how? Are there any distinctive gifts that women bring to ministry?
Are there any distinctive challenges that women face as clergy?
Do you feel your parishioners see you as equal to your male counterparts?
Do you feel male clergy see you as equal?
Do you feel you have to prove yourself?
What advice would you give a woman thinking of entering ministry?

You can read their stories in the exhibition gallery.

The Revd Mae Christie’s story is available here as an example.