Race Equality Week

An annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.

Racial Justice Sunday began in 1995 and is observed by Christians on the second Sunday of February each year. It moved from September in 2017 and now marks the end of Race Equality Week (5-11 February 2024).

It is an opportunity to:

  • Give thanks for human diversity.
  • Pray for an end to misunderstanding, racism and injustice.
  • Take positive action that can truly make a difference.
  • Fundraise for local and national racial justice initiatives.
  • These resources help churches to hold a dedicated service to mark our commitment to racial justice. The service sheet can be adapted and the Bible passages are just a few that relate to social justice, with some particularly focused on loving others as ourselves.

For more information or a half-day workshop on racial justice and racial bias, please contact the Revd Polly Falconer our Racial Justice Adviser.

In 2022 we marked Race Equality Week for the first time in the diocese. The week aims to raise awareness of racial equality and inspire ongoing action across workplaces in the country. 

Jump to: Young people | Racial Justice Sunday | Our pledges

Pledges and promises

As a diocese, we used Race Equality Week 2022 to highlight the action we are taking to improve race equality and set #ActionNotJustWords pledges to continue improving race equality in all areas of our mission and ministry.

Here's how we're doing so far - there's more to do but real action is making a real difference.

Watch the pledges back | Download the updates as a PDF


What do young people say?

The diocesan UKME Enabler Polly Falconer visited Aylesbury Vale Academy earlier this year. Polly had the pleasure of chatting with six pupils from Years 6 and 7 about what racial justice means to them. You can watch that in full on our YouTube channel. A HUGE thank you to the six amazing pupils for such great discussion.

Why not show the film below in your class or youth group as a conversation starter - do the young people in your life agree with what's said? Do they have anything to add? You can download the video here.


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