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Friday, February 24, 2017
Churches to mark ten years of Racial Justice Sunday
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¬†Church around Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England are planning major services to mark the tenth anniversary this September of Racial Justice Sunday. Each year Churches' Commission for Racial Justice produces a pack of resources for Racial Justice Sunday to guide churches to pray for an end to misunderstanding, racism and injustice. Thousands of churches and schools across the country join in the annual focus. This year in addition, there will be national services on 11 September at: St Paul's Cathedral in London, where Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Tom Butler, and Revd Dr Joel Edwards, (General Director of the Evangelical Alliance), will be the main speakers. Rt Revd Kieran Conry, (President of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice), Revd Ermal Kirby, (Chair of London North East Methodist District), Archbishop Gregorios (Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain), and Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Britain will also participate. The service will begin at 6pm. Pollockshields parish church in Glasgow at 6pm, with Archbishop Mario Conti, and the Revd David W. Lacy, (the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland), and the Rt Revd Idris Jones (Episcopal Bishop of Glasgow). Tabernacle Baptist Church in central Cardiff in the afternoon. As well as leaders of minority ethnic Christian communities, leaders of other faiths will be invited. The resources encourage thanksgiving for human diversity, prayer for an end to injustice and action that overcomes racism. Many fundraise for the Racial Justice Fund, featured in the pack. Recently renamed and re-launched in the House of Lords, for thirty years this Fund has provided grant support to organizations and projects working to combat racism, and to empower black and minority ethnic communities throughout Britain and Ireland. Churches' Commission for Racial Justice (CCRJ) is well known for its anti-racism work and was responsible for Asylum Voices, documenting the experiences of asylum seekers and published in 2003. CCRJ is a commission of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). The annual observance is co-ordinated by the Churches' Commission for Racial ustice working together with the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, the Methodist Racial Justice Committee, the United Reformed Church Racial Justice ffice, CYTŘN (Churches Together in Wales), the Refugee Project of the Irish Bishops' Conference and others. As well as striking posters, the pack contains a prayer leaflet and plenty of ideas for what to do on and after Racial Justice Sunday. There are sermon notes, drama sketches and stories from people who have suffered racism. Racial Justice Sunday packs, price £3.50p and prayer leaflets in bundles of fifty price £3.50p are available from: CTBI Publications, 4 John Wesley Road, Peterborough PE4 6ZP phone 01733 325 002. Cheques made payable to CTBI Publications (MPH). Catholic schools and parishes in England and Wales can obtain free materials from the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, 9 Henry Road, London N4 2LH phone 020 8802 8080.
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