Church of England launches Anti-Racism Taskforce to tackle racial inequality

Oct 17, 2020 by

from Christian Today:

A new taskforce has been launched to oversee changes aimed at achieving racial equality in the Church of England.

The Anti-Racism Taskforce is formed of nine members and will be chaired jointly by Rev Sonia Barron, Director of Ordinands and Vocations for Lincoln Diocese, and Rev Arun Arora, a vicar in the Diocese of Durham.

Together, they will make recommendations on what immediate action the Church of England should take to improve its record on racial justice and equality.

Its creation follows a time of reflection for the Church of England after its parliamentary body, General Synod, voted in February to apologise for racism experienced by UK minority ethnic (UKME) people in the Church of England since the arrival of the Windrush generation.

Later in the year, the Church of England faced heightened scrutiny over its complicity in slavery and racism, when Black Lives Matter protests spread to the UK following the death of George Floyd in the US.

Despite efforts in recent years to address racial inequality, the Church of England has struggled to attract clergy from UKME backgrounds.

There are currently only five serving UKME bishops in the Church of England but no UKME diocesan bishops following the retirement earlier this year of the former Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

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