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Racial Justice


Racial justice issues have been recognised as a key concern for our Union for many years, with the Racial Justice Working Group being set up at the March 1995 Council in response to the growing diversity of our country and churches.  Since then it has worked towards seeing, in our Union, the realisation of the vision expressed in Revelation 7:9 – ‘After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.’

In April 2021, a response to the Government's report on race relations in the UK (the Sewell Report) was issued by the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum - a new ecumenical Christian entity which seeks to speak prophetically on behalf of Black and Brown Christians to Government on racial injustice challenges and reparations.

To enable our Union to become fully multicultural, our National Justice Hub has developed or commissioned some helpful resources and initiatives for churches.

Find out more about the key areas of work along with resources to help you and your church to engage with issues of racial justice by following the links below.
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Exploring racial justice issues from a variety of Christian viewpoints
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Wednesday 6 October 2021: Online webinar exploring the issue of reparations
Recording of the seminar given at the Baptist Assembly 2021
Wednesday 14 April 2021: Zoom webinar with an expert panel including: Dr Robert Beckford, Sir Simon Woolley, the Ven Rosemarie Mallett and Eleasah Louis
A video interview with our current Baptist Union president Yinka Oyekan
How listening to and empowering voices from different cultures has impacted Blackhorse Road Baptist Church
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Justice issues have been an unexpected part of the year of our current Baptist Union president Yinka Oyekan
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'Man against the System’ This year's Sam Sharpe lecture will be delivered by Bishop Wilton Powell, OBE - Former National Presiding Bishop of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Recording from 8 September 2020: with speakers Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, Bevin Powell and Revd Mike Long
Helpful reading material for ministers and others wanting to explore the issue of racial justice
For black and minority ethnic (BME) women who were already, or were in the process of training to become, lay or accredited ministers
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Response from our General Secretary to the situation in the USA
Prayers written by Pamela Searle and Mary Taylor - members of our Racial Justice Hub
Statement from Baptists Together Core Leadership Team
Two prayers of lament in response to injustice
A relationship that has lasted over 200 years
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Overview of the Sam Sharpe Project, launched in 2012
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Reflections, prayers and statements in response to the injustices faced by people of colour in the USA and around the world
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Informing and raising awareness of racial justice issues and celebrating multicultural relationships
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New initiatives to help churches, youth workers and ministers identify and nurture leadership skills in BME young people
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Raising awareness of prejudice, discrimination, racism and its debilitating impact on the people with whom we live and work
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Resources to help churches on their journey to becoming multicultural
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BME Women Ministers' network trip to South Africa
Areas of work of our Racial Justice Hub
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Areas of work of our Racial Justice Hub
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Resources to help churches on their journey to becoming multicultural
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Raising awareness of prejudice, discrimination, racism and its debilitating impact on the people with whom we live and work
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New initiatives to help churches, youth workers and ministers identify and nurture leadership skills in BME young people
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Informing and raising awareness of racial justice issues and celebrating multicultural relationships
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Reflections, prayers and statements in response to the injustices faced by people of colour in the USA and around the world
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Overview of the Sam Sharpe Project, launched in 2012
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A relationship that has lasted over 200 years
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For black and minority ethnic (BME) women who were already, or were in the process of training to become, lay or accredited ministers
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Exploring racial justice issues from a variety of Christian viewpoints
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Racial Justice blogs 2020
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