Race and ethnicity

We believe in the equality of all peoples and value the richness that comes with racial and ethnic diversity. Racism is a sin; as such we oppose racism in all its forms.

"…There is neither Jew nor Greek ..for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Galatians 3:28

"God shows no partiality"

Acts 10:34

What we do

Our role is to identify, monitor and take forward concerns of BAME Anglicans and make recommendations for change. The Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) has responsibility for addressing issues, in as far as they have implications for BAME groups within the Church and the wider community.

We do this by:

  • Encouraging the Church to take positive action to increase the inclusion and representation of BAME people across the Church
  • Advising and supporting the Church around the country and producing resource materials, for example, the new UK Minority Ethnic Mental Health Toolkit which is a major resource for parishes and faith groups
  • Encouraging the involvement of BAME people in wider church activities
  • Encouraging young BAME people to pursue vocations and help those who work with them to understand issues relating to BAME young people
  • Promoting understanding of racism, racial issues and cultural diversity
  • Working with faith and other organizations committed to the elimination of racism and supporting cultural understanding.
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Who we are

The Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) is a committee of the Archbishops’ Council and is accountable to the Church of England’s highest decision-making body, the General Synod.

What we believe

We believe that there should be a reflection of BAME Anglicans at all levels within the church, acknowledging that we are all part of the body of Christ “made in the image of God, fully human”.  In this way, the contribution of every part of the body is valued, recognised and supported.

List of present members

  • Chair: The Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester
  • House of Clergy representatives: Revd Folli Olokose (Diocese of Guildford), Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby (Universities & TEIs)
  • House of Bishops representatives: Rt Revd Jonathan Frost (Bishop of Portsmouth), Rt Revd Martyn Snow (Bishop of Leicester)
  • House of Lay representatives: Canon Dr Addy Lazz-Onyenobi (Manchester, Deputy Chair), Dr Gracy Crane (Oxford)
  • Appointments’ Committee elected members: The Ven Tricia Hillas, Daniel Matovu (Diocese of Oxford), Dr Steven Horne
  • CMEAC co-opted members: Dawn Brathwaite, The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell (Archbishop of York)
  • Participant observer: Nicky Chater

Resources in other languages

We often receive enquiries about material in other languages. There are lots of resources out there, but they are not always easy to find.

The content below signposts to things that may be useful for churches in areas where people speak different languages, particularly Persian/Farsi. This list is not exhaustive, and inclusion is not an endorsement of a particular organisation or perspective. We offer a range of options, so choose what is appropriate in your setting.

Evangelism and Discipleship
General Synod

The 'Parliament' of the Church of England. The General Synod usually meets twice a year to debate and discuss matters of interest and to consider and approve amendments to Church legislation.