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.
Woman being given communion in church Jack Boskett

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
  • House of Clergy representative: Fr Paul Cartwright 
  • House of Bishop's representative: The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell 
  • House of Lay representative: Canon Dr Addy Lazz-Onyenobi (Deputy Chair) 
  • Appointments’ Committee elected member: The Revd Dr Anderson Jeremiah 
  • CMEAC co-opted member: The Rt Revd Mark Davies
  • CMEAC co-opted member: The Revd Canon Tricia Hillas
  • Archbishops' Adviser on Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns: Dr Sanjee Perera
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.