Racial Justice

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3.28

Everyone who considers themselves to be a Christian disciple is open to the breath and the activity of the Holy Spirit, in which there is no division. All are one in Christ. The same Spirit calls us to transcend our differences and instead to become mutually welcoming of each other in our diversity. 

2020 turned out to be a very challenging year for many reasons, but for Christians, challenges can always open up to opportunity, change and growth. The Diocese of Manchester grasped the opportunity presented by the Black Lives Matter movement to establish a Race, Inequality and Justice Group, which will challenge us all to live out the Gospel of Christ and to be the holy people of God, set aside, sanctified for the building of a spiritual kingdom where Christ reigns.

In our diocese we have a richness of these opportunities to grow away from the barriers of racism that are a part of our society and a part of our Church. 

Racism, alongside any other intentional marginalisation, is so far from the vision of what the Church should be. In the Diocese of Manchester we are committed to working together to call out racism where it exists in thought, word and deed.

This page will serve as a resource providing information, guidance, links, videos in order to help with the work of becoming One in Christ, which means we first have to be open to where we have fallen short through our biases, conscious and unconscious, as well as our prejudices towards global majority people.

Follow the Diocese of Manchester Race, Inequality and Justice group on Twitter.

Diocesan Conversations about race and the church

Watch the full playlist here: Conversations: Let's talk about race and the Church of England



This is a challenge that the Diocese of Manchester is committed to in order to bring about the vision of becoming One in Christ.

If you have suggestions for additions to this page, please contact Archdeacon Karen Lund, Chair of Diocese of Manchester Race, Inequality and Justice Group.

Suggested resources for Churches

Inclusive Church resources

Churches Together resources

Recommended reading: Ghost Ship by Azariah France-Williams

Church of England Minority Ethnic Mental Health Toolkit

Contact our BAME Vocations Champion


From Lament to Action: The report of the Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce. April 2021.

Download report




Movement of Supporting Anglicans for an Inclusive Church" Welcoming - Enabling - Resourcing

‘Who We Are’ - Journeying Together Campaigning for a Church of England where all find dignity and fullness of life. "The strength of the Anglican Church is found in its breadth, comprehensiveness, and inclusion" (Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 1888) MoSAIC is a movement which campaigns for and models theological breadth, comprehensiveness, and inclusion.

The Revd Liz Rowles is the MoSAIC Convenor for Manchester Diocese.  If you are interested in finding out more, then please contact her: revlizrowles@gmail.com.




Inclusive Church Annual Lecture and AGM

Manchester Cathedral and online / 4 July, 7pm

The speaker this year will be Professor Anthony Reddie, Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford and an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa. The title of his talk will be 'Unmasking the two Deadly Ds: Dismantling Whiteness and Deconstructing Mission Christianity.'

Further details and registration via Eventbrite.


'After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliatiion' - Manchester

Methodist Church, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ / 12 July, 7.30pm

‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation’ is a new feature documentary from The Movement for Justice and Reconciliation (MJR). It exposes the roots of church complicity in the slave trade – with its many legacy issues still present in our society – and shows the route to reconciliation. If we are serious about racial justice being an integral part of our Christian mission, this film can be a step on a learning journey toward carrying out that mission with renewed integrity.

After the recent London premiere a comment on Twitter said: "This film needs to be seen by every church in the land.” CTE General Secretary, Bishop Mike Royal, has said it "represents a watershed moment for the church.” 

Tickets are now available for a pre-release Manchester screening on July 12 at Methodist Central Hall, which will be followed by a Q&A with Bishop of Manchester David Walker, Bishop Mike Royal (Gen Sec. CTE), Beatrice Smith (MJR trustee) and film narrator Prof Robert Beckford.

Bookings: https://atfmanchester.eventbrite.co.uk

More information about the film and to view the trailer: https://www.mjr-uk.com/aftertheflood.html



For up to date news about what is happening across the country, visit www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk


Forgotten Voices

Manchester Cathedral / 5 October, 8pm

Forgotten Voices is the truly remarkable story of Eva Moorhead Kadalie. Before Mandela, she cried out for freedom in South Africa.

In Black History Month we remember the remarkable Eva Moorhead Kadalie, the widow of South Africa’s first national black trade union leader, Clements Kadalie. The couple paved the way for Mandela. Forgotten Voices is a one-woman show starring Shareesa Valentine, directed by Margaret Connell and written by Eva’s grandson, David Moorhead.

Find out more.

Unconscious Bias Training for Clergy and Laity

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” We all recognise the truth of that phrase. But, let’s be honest, we do it anyway. And not only with books.

The Diocese of Manchester will be rolling out Unconscious Bias training across all parishes and would encourage everyone, clergy and laity, to take part.

Further dates for this course will be available soon.

Information about Unconscious Bias can be found in this document:

What is Unconscious Bias and what are the benefits of training?


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