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.
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.