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.
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 serves 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
Recommended reading: Ghost Ship by Azariah France-Williams
Church of England Minority Ethnic Mental Health Toolkit
Contact our BAME Vocations Champion
A Million Colours
From Lament to Action: The report of the Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce. April 2021.
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: email@example.com.
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?