This year, resources for Racial Justice Sunday are available from the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They can be used on Racial Justice Sunday or any time through the year. URC Resources from the URC for Racial Justice Sunday on 11 February 2018 take the theme of ‘staying […]
Welcome to CTBI’s revamped Racial Justice web section, which will enable Christians to engage with issues of justice, equality, dignity and respect in the church and society.
The Revd Dr Martin Luther King Jr famously said that, ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’! Dr King, like many before him, and others after, was inspired by the Hebrew and Christian scriptures which demonstrated that God was a ‘God of justice’ - “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing….” Isaiah 61:8.
The very same scriptures call upon us to act accordingly: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” - Micah 6:8.
We live in a society that is badly in need of justice, and desperate for the hope, peace and mercy for which Christ died. For instance, irrespective of how people chose to vote on Brexit, one of the unintended consequences of that conclusion, is the rise in race and religious hate crime, and a general decline in civility and compassion in our discourse on ‘race’, immigration, asylum and refugee matters.
Moreover, the Government’s “Hostile Environment” led to the “Windrush Scandal”, which primarily saw those of African Caribbean heritage, who had been living legally in this country for decades, threatened with deportation, and in some instances, actually deported.
Finally, the so called ‘Migrant Crisis’, which came to the fore several years ago with those fleeing persecution and poverty (from the Middle East, Asia and Africa), making perilous sea crossings to reach Europe, has recently witnessed an increase in dangerous Calais journeys to these shores.
When one looks behind these issues and stories, what we find are people - often the most vulnerable – in search of hope and a new life. And while it is easy to see them as statistics or figures who are connected to laws and regulations, it is important to remember that these same men, women and children are made in the image of God and loved by him.
The church has a vital role to play in this conversation. As society’s moral compass, it can provide a prophetic voice which calls upon government, local authorities, businesses and civil society groups to respond with integrity, compassion and love to those on the margins; people who are the last, the least and the lost in our world.
Racial Justice Sunday
Racial Justice Sunday is an occasion for Christians in Britain to collectively focus on racial justice. It began in 1995, and generally took place on the second Sunday in September. In 2017, a decision was taken to move the date to the second Sunday in February (a direct swap with Education Sunday, which was then in February).
This year, Racial Justice Sunday takes place on 10 February 2019. Excellent Racial Justice Sunday resources, which are produced by CTBI’s sponsoring churches, can be found here. These materials will enable you to Remember, Reflect and Respond to racial justice matters.
· Remember the importance of racial justice
· Reflect on human diversity and thank God for it
· Respond by working to end injustice, racism and ignorance through prayer and action.
Our society is witnessing rising levels of hate crimes related to racial and religious discrimination following the Brexit vote and a race disparity audit, published by the UK government in October 2017, found that ‘there is still a way to go before we have a country that works for everyone regardless of their ethnicity’. This Weekly Focus looks at issues of racial justice in the run-up to Racial Justice Sunday on 11 February 2018.
A public consultation on caste discrimination in Britain has been launched by the UK government. The consultation looks at how the law can prohibit caste discrimination either through developing case-law or by specifying caste in the Equality Act. This follows on from a feasibility study on measuring caste discrimination in Britain published on 28 March […]
Download resources for Racial Justice Sunday, 12 February 2017. This year’s material has been produced by Scott Boldt in partnership with EMBRACE, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It provides an introduction to the issue of racism, group work, suggestions on how to respond, an order of service, plus an appendix providing a wealth of extra resources relating […]
We would like to announce that Racial Justice Sunday is to move from the 2nd Sunday in September to the 2nd Sunday of February. This is because Education Sunday (in England and Wales) is moving to the 2nd Sunday in September (which makes logical sense) and we want to ensure that every opportunity is offered […]
Hospitality and Sanctuary For All – 13 September 2015. This year’s theme aims to prompt conversation and reflection on the theme of hospitality and sanctuary. It has been written by Inderjit Bhogal, of the Leeds Church Institute. As well as an order of service, it contains material for Bible study, group discussions, activities and worship. […]
Racial Justice Sunday is an opportunity for all Christians in Britain and Ireland to focus their worship, prayer and action on racial justice by: Celebrating human diversity. Rejoicing in how far God’s people have travelled together. Recognising that there is much further to go both in the Church and in the world. What are the […]
Dreams of the ‘Beloved Community’ August 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s monumental ‘I have a dream’ speech which spoke about all God’s people living in freedom and peace in a world governed by truth and justice. Dr King joined over 250,000 of his fellow Americans that day in Washington […]
Being an Inclusive Church …and not an exclusive club The theme for 2012 was Being an Inclusive Church. Many of us consider that our local churches as well as our national Church institutions are inclusive but when we listen to those who feel on the outside we learn that we still have a long way […]
Created by God, treated like slaves: Tackling human trafficking Racial Justice Sunday 2011 resources are based around the theme “Created by God, Treated like Slaves: Tackling Human Trafficking” and “Love your neighbour as yourself, do this and you will live” from Luke 10:27-28. Racial Justice Sunday 2011 booklet Download: Racial Justice Sunday booklet […]