Racial Justice Sunday on February 11 is for all churches to reflect and give thanks for the gifts and beauty of human diversity, and to commit to end racism and acts of discrimination, says Bishop Smitha.
In a videoed invitation to join in this ecumenical event, The Rt Revd Smitha Prasadam, Bishop of Huddersfield explains: “Justice is at the heart of God and a Kingdom value we're all called to embrace.
“AMEN, the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network, exists to resource and represent clergy and lay throughout the Church of England. And today, as its chair, I am asking you to take part in Racial Justice Sunday on February 11,
“This is a chance to praise God, our Creator, who made us in glorious diversity; an opportunity to lament all that is amiss when we mar the divine imprint in each one of us; and to commit ourselves to strive for God's Kingdom of justice, mercy and peace for all.
“Please do look at the resources so beautifully prepared by the Church of England's Liturgical Commission and by CTBI, the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Praise God.”
Links to the resources are below:
Racial Justice Sunday is an ecumenical observance which began in 1995 in Britain and Ireland. The catalyst for this was the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a Black teenager in South London, on 22 April 1993. In 2017, Racial Justice Sunday moved from September to the second Sunday of February.
The video can be seen below.