Racial Justice Sunday is to be marked in services across the country this weekend.
Bishop Saju in garden

The Archbishop of Canterbury will join members of the Archbishops’ Racial Justice Commission and Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns at a special Sung Eucharist in Westminster Abbey.

In Lancashire, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell will commission a Diocesan Racial Justice Group with the Bishop of Blackburn, Philip North. Before this, he will preach at 11am service in St Peter’s Church Burnley.

Rev Mark Nam, founder of the Teahouse Group of Chinese heritage clergy, and an assistant curate in the Diocese of Bristol, will lead the Church of England’s online service.

The Church of England’s Daily Prayer audio intercessions at Morning and Evening Prayer will also mark the day using Church of England resources.

Rev Canon Dr Anderson Jeremiah, recently announced as the next Bishop of Edmonton, and a former member of the Archbishops’ Anti Racism Taskforce, will preach at Liverpool Cathedral.

At Guildford Cathedral, Bishop Paul Davies, the Bishop of Dorking, will lead a special Eucharist service, with preacher Canon Bev Hunt, the Bishop’s advisor on UKME/GMH issues.

Bradford Cathedral will also mark Racial Justice Sunday with a service at Bradford Cathedral with lay canon Terry Henry preaching the sermon.

In the Diocese of Leicester, the Bishop of Loughborough, Saju Muthalaly, in a special video message said: “We as the people of God, united by the belief that we are all made in the image of God, must not stand by while prejudice denies people of their gifts, of their hopes, of their futures and of their families.

“So Racial Justice Sunday is for all of us to give thanks for the gifts and the beauty of the diversity of God’s creation and indeed the diversity of the body of Christ.”

In the Diocese of Chichester three church services are being held in Brighton, Broadwater and Crawley to mark Racial Justice Sunday.

Rev Guy Hewitt, the Church of England’s Racial Justice Director, said: “I am thankful for the numerous markings of Racial Justice Sunday across the Church as they help to remind us that we are all created in the image of God and that he calls us, his people, to love each another and be united in him.”


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