October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK, an occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British economy, culture, and history. Join dioceses and parishes across the Church of England as we mark this month with events, services, exhibitions and more.
After the Flood
As part of Black History Month, the Church provides a unique opportunity for its members, individually and collectively, to watch After the Flood: The Church, Slavery and Reconciliation. This 67-minute documentary shows how the 18th century Church became embroiled in chattel slavery. We discover how the Church justified its involvement in the trade and its lasting impact. In conclusion, it explores biblical principles for racial reconciliation in our churches today. Share the flyer with your parish members. Watch online now at vimeo.com/churchofengland/bhm2023.
Being Built Together
The Racial Justice Unit is staging a free network event for UKME/Global Majority Heritage clergy and lay ministers and leaders called "Being Built Together" for two days from 12-13 October at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. The two-day event will be filled with worship, engaging discussions, thought-provoking workshops, and meaningful connections, all centred around the power of unity and collaboration, and working towards a more inclusive and just future. Register now and get ready to be inspired.
Churches are invited to use our Liturgical Resources for Black History Month. These include Services of the Word, a Eucharistic service, Prayers of Lament and of Commission, and links to further resources for Bible studies, youth work, Messy Church, and music.
Black History Month
Nationally, Black History Month will be dedicated to honouring the achievements of black women who are often the forgotten heroines. Under the theme ‘Saluting our Sisters’, this year's celebration highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. Learn more from the UK Black History Month website.
Events across the Church of England
- Climate Justice is Racial Justice (Diocese of Chelmsford)
- God's Kaleidoscope: The International and Ecumenical Call to Racial Justice (Diocese in Europe)
- Black History Month resources and stories (Diocese of Guildford)
- The News team have written a roundup of events by churches and cathedrals to commemorate Black History Month and Windrush 75