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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Churches begin new racial justice programme
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¬†The Churches' Commission for Racial Justice (CCRJ), is re-launching its grants programme. The Ecumenical Racial Justice Fund (ERJF) will be called Racial Justice. Neil Gerrard MP will address the launch on Tuesday 30 November in the House of Commons (Jubilee Room). Project leaders from Black Arts and Genuine Empowerment of Mothers in Society (GEMS) will be on hand to describe how they have worked with Racial Justice funding. Other speakers include Dr Daleep Mukarji, Director of Christian Aid; Fran Beckett, Chief Executive Church Urban Fund, Bishop Kieran Conry, President Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), and Revd Myra Blyth, Moderator of CCRJ. CCRJ, a commission of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), was responsible for Asylum Voices, documenting the experiences of asylum seekers and published in 2003. Racial Justice replaces the Ecumenical Racial Justice Fund. For more than thirty years, in cooperation with others, including Church Urban Fund, Catholic Association for Racial Justice, the Methodist Church and Christian Aid, the Fund has supported vital anti-racism and diversity education initiatives. Changes in policy at Christian Aid mean that it will not be able to maintain the same level of support so the Fund is now seeking new partnerships, not only to meet the shortfall, but to expand the Fund and its work. Racial Justice is seeking new funding of up to £100,000 to continue to provide grant support to organizations and projects working to combat racism, and to promote the empowerment of black and minority ethnic communities throughout Britain and Ireland. Fran Beckett of CUF said: "The Church Urban Fund supports the work of CCRJ because of their ability to engage with black and minority ethnic Churches working with some of the poorest communities in England. CUF finds working in collaboration with CCRJ as the most effective way of ensuring money gets to people who most need it." Source: CTBI
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