Churches to mark ten years of Racial Justice Sunday


 Major church services around Wales, Scotland and England will mark the tenth anniversary this September of Racial Justice Sunday, an annual event when churches are enabled to cut racial tension and build community relations. Racial Justice Sunday is organized each year by Churches' Commission for Racial Justice (CCRJ), well known for its anti-racism work and responsible for Asylum Voices, documenting the experiences of asylum seekers and published in 2003. It is always observed on the second Sunday in September, which this year falls significantly on 11 September. Increased racist attacks in the wake of the London bombings and attempted bombings, have sharpened the challenge to overcome the human instinct to scapegoat and stigmatize on ethnic and cultural grounds. In addition to services around Britain and Ireland, there will be three national services in London, Cardiff and Glasgow, attended by church leaders and representatives of faith communities. London: 6 pm 11 September St Paul's Cathedral African drummers, youth choir, gospel musicians, will join speakers Rt Revd Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark,and Revd Dr Joel Edwards, General Director, Evangelical Alliance. Also involving: Rt Revd Kieran Conry, President, Catholic Association for Racial Justice; Bishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Church; His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain; Revd Ermal Kirby, Chair, London North East Methodist District. Cardiff /Caerdydd: 3 pm 11 September/Medi, Tabernacl, The Hayes. Speaker/Siaradwr: Revd/Parchg Aled Edwards, Chair of the Welsh Refugee Council/ Cadeirydd Cyngor Ffoaduriaid Cymraeg. Glasgow: 6 pm 11 September, Pollokshields Church (Church of Scotland), 525 Shields Road, Glasgow, G41 2RF. Involving Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Revd David Lacy, Most Revd Mario Conti, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow and Bishop Idris Jones, Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Glasgow.

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