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New moderator for churches' racial justice work

 Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), has announced that the Rev Myra Blyth will be the next Moderator of its Commission for Racial Justice (CCRJ). She succeeds the Rt Rev Roger Sainsbury, retired Anglican Bishop of Barking in the honorary post. Myra Blyth, who completes her term as Deputy General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain later this year, will take up office in January. Ms Blyth brings to the role her experience of four years based in Geneva as Director of Inter-Church Aid and Refugee World Service from 1995, and before that five years as European Secretary for Inter-Church Aid. She said: "I consider it an enormous privilege to be asked to serve as moderator of the Churches' Commission for Racial Justice. The CCRJ has an outstanding record in advocacy, education, solidarity and practical action alongside victims of racism. I totally support the comprehensive approach CCRJ adopts and believe that at such a time as this, when Churches can be very prepossessed with questions of institutional survival, it is so important that we do not take our eyes off some of the key challenges in the Churches' mission. "By celebrating the richness of ethnic and cultural diversity; by praying for and struggling in solidarity with victims of racism; by lobbying government ministers regarding the treatment of asylum seekers; and by challenging the culture of racism inside all institutions including the Church, CCRJ is enabling the Churches in a holistic way, to demonstrate commitment to eradicating racism in our time. I look forward, in my new capacity to working with and fully supporting the staff of the commission and its members." Anne van Staveren, Communications Officer, CTBI