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 has 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 has 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

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

'Come and See': Minority Ethnic Vocations Training

Friday 7 May (7.30-9pm) and Saturday 8 May (9.45am - 1pm) - Online

Are you of ME heritage, thinking and praying about whether God may be leading you towards ordained ministry? Come and be informed, resourced and supported on your vocational journey.

This event is open to anyone discerning a vocation to authorised ministry, lay or ordained, within the Church of England.

For further details, including programme and registration, visit Eventbrite.

NB: This conference was originally planned as a residential week-end in Ely in 2020 for the Eastern Region Dioceses. It has now been opened up to the whole of the Church of England.

 


David Goodbourn Lecture 2021

Untangling the legacies of slavery: Deconstructing Mission Christianity for our contemporary Kerygma.

Tuesday 11 May, 7.30pm (online)

The Centre for Theology and Justice is delighted to welcome Anthony Reddie to give the annual David Goodbourn Lecture. This lecture, built upon research undertaken for the Council for World Mission’s ‘Legacies of Slavery’ project, will outline the necessity of deconstructing the problematic history of Christian mission and its relationship to slavery and colonialism.

Anthony Reddie. Director, Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture. Anthony is a leading scholar in the practice of Black Theology within grassroots communities. The significance of his writings and research is recognised internationally.

Further information and registration

 


From Compliance to Disruption: practical racial awareness for church leaders

Online / Tuesday 25 May: 4pm 

A session with Mike Royal and David Shosanya on growing racial awareness and equality in the lives of our churches and how they are led.

Further information and Registration.

 

 

              

 

 




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