The session on racial justice at the Enabling Group began with a video sharing heartfelt personal reflections on racism. These reflections were shared by representatives of CTE’s 50 Member Churches, including Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Church of England, Quaker and Orthodox traditions.
Time for action
The Enabling Group heard how the churches concern for racial justice is being carried forward at different levels, including by CTE’s Presidents in their public statements and ongoing conversations, following a period of listening to black young people, senior church leaders and community practitioners.
The Enabling Group also heard about the new Racial Justice Working Group which CTE trustees are in process of setting up. This will bring together racial justice representatives from across the churches, along with CTE trustees, a representative from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), and others with specialist skills and knowledge. The aims of the group include supporting churches in their work in racial justice – including tackling racial injustice within their own structures – and enabling national initiatives and policies to be embraced by churches together at intermediate and local levels.
County Ecumenical Officers (CEOs) also shared how they have begun discussing the issue of racial justice together, including a first awareness-raising session, due to be followed up with a second discussion about possible future actions.