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

 

MoSAIC

 

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.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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?


 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH OCTOBER 2021

Black History Month (BHM) is the annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK. 

Is your church planning to celebrate BHM in any way? If so, please do let us know so that we can help promote your event. Email Simon Ambrose.

 

Global Images of Christ: Challenging Perceptions

Chester Cathedral 25 September - 31 October

A landmark exhibition of over 40 enlightening works of art, sculpture and images from artists such as Mark Cazalet, Peter Eugene Ball and Lorna May Wadsworth to challenge our perceptions as to how Jesus Christ and other people of faith are depicted by people of different ethnicity, race and colour.

Further information.

 

Black History Month at Manchester Cathedral

Evensong on Tuesday 12 and 19 October, 5.30pm

The composer of the music at Evensong on these dates is Vicente Lusitano, a Portuguese composer of African descent.  Vicente Lusitano was the first black composer to have his music published, which even more remarkable as this happened at the end of the 16th Century.

You can find out more about Vicente here

Come and join us as we mark Black History Month.

Inaugural Clarkson Day - Thursday 28 October 2021, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Clarkson lecture

On 28 October 1787 Thomas Clarkson visited Manchester as part of his campaign to end the transatlantic slave trade. His speech to a packed audience in Manchester mobilised opposition to the slave trade in the city for the first time. This inaugural Clarkson Day aims to unite the people of Greater Manchester in their commitment to eradicate all racism, colonialism, modern slavery and hate crime.

Please join us for all, or part of this historic day.

  • 10.00-12.00 Displays, storytelling and dance events for children.
  • 12.00-13.00 Facing the challenge of modern slavery in Greater Manchester and racism in the Church of England.
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch available.
  • 14.00-16.00 Keynote lecture: ‘The Role of Faith Communities in Tackling Racism in Greater Manchester and the UK’ Dr Andrew Boakye (University of Manchester) with breakout groups, responses and two dance presentations.

Register at https://theinauguralclarksonday.eventbrite.co.uk

The Different Faces of Jesus - a discussion with Revd. Dr. Anderson Jeremiah

Online / Tuesday 12 October: 7.30pm

Revd. Dr. Anderson H M Jeremiah is lecturer in World Christianity and Religious Studies in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. He is an Anglican theologian and priest from the Church of South India (an Anglican Province), currently serves in the diocese of Blackburn.

For further details and to register, visit Eventbrite.

Cabaret for Freedom With Tolu Agbelusi, Yomi Sode & Young Identity

St John's Church, Old Trafford / Saturday 16 October: 7pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and music reflecting on the theme of such a time as this. Special guests include Nigerian British poets Tolu Agbelusi and Yomi Sode.

There will also be music from up-and-coming vocal artist Shola Mcleod and new work from the Manchester based collective Young Identity.

Further details and booking.

An Interfaith Celebration of Black Lives Matter

17 October, 2.30-4.30pm St Clement's Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton M21 9AE

faith in Black Lives Matter

Celebrate and share the work continuing across faith groups in Manchester as part of Black History Month 

To book a place go to: tinyurl.com/InterfaithBLM




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