Black History Month is a moment to focus our minds once again on the injustice that UK minority ethnic people are currently underrepresented in church leadership, lay and ordained ministry and church officer posts.

Revd Polly Falconer, our Diocesan UKME Enabler, has curated a series of events during October that are not to be missed.

Online lectures

taking place throughout October

Structures, Barriers, and Authenticity
4 October

UKME people’s vital contribution through the church – Mr Raj Patel
Catch up on YouTube

The Absurd Necessity of Black Lives Matter
21 October

A Black Theology reappraisal – Professor Anthony Reddie
21 Oct 6 to 7pm (online) – book here

A Home for the Paroikeis
25 October

Marginalisation, Inclusion and Racial Justice in the Church of England – Dr Sanjee Perera
25 Oct 6 to 7pm (online) – book here

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (rescheduled)
November – date TBC

An exploration of saints from the Asian and African diasporas – the Revd Canon Dr Sharon Prentis

We’ve had a few too many people say that they’d love to come to the planned event at the cathedral, but not right now.

We’re going to postpone and find a better time next year. We’ll be back in touch with everyone who has booked as soon as there’s a firm date in the diary.

Meet the curator

Polly is the UKME Development Enabler for the Diocese of Oxford, and charged with encouraging, supporting and promoting BAME vocations, participation and representation at all levels across the diocese.

Polly has over 30 years’ experience of working in the mental health sector, specialising in supporting marginalised communities. Prior to ordination, she worked closely with a national charity supporting the Gypsy & Traveller community, as well as leading mental health training at The Afiya Trust.

Find out more about Polly.

From Lament to Action

From Lament to Action paints a vision for the Church and how we might in the future lead our nation on issues of anti-racism and racial justice.

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, welcomed the report earlier this year:

“The world is crying out for society, for the economy, for our institutions, to be fair and just. Discrimination on the grounds of race or colour is unacceptable. We are each agents of the change we want to see, and we must not let this report gather dust.”

The Taskforce report is relevant to every Anglican in every place. Each of us has a stake in the flourishing of the Church and in its mandate of justice for all.

Take time to download and read the report and ensure it is tabled for discussion by your PCC.