As an Association we recognise that we are lacking in multicultural churches, but that does not negate our responsibility to work in the area of ensuring that there is racial awareness and we can support those multicultural congregations that exists in some of our churches.
We want to support and offer tools to help churches develop the skills to embrace the joys of multicultural church.
Nigel Manges one of our Regional Ministers has experience of multicultural church ministry and was one of the facilitators on the Baptist Union Racial Awareness training for ministers. In the video he offers a reflection on the events surrounding the death of George Floyd in the USA.
The Journey Report
The Faith and Society Executive outlined several recommendations for the Baptist Union to address which was unanimously approved by Baptist Together Council in March 2011, as an Association we agree with the recommendations and would like to use them as a basis for Association life:
- To listen, work and gain understanding of and engage with the 'world church.'
- Training: to develop and offer training when requested
- To support, shape and participate in events that will reinforce the importance of cultural diversity
- To develop structures that are owned by representatives from both minority and majority cultures.
Baptist Together Racial Justice Hub:
Baptist Together have a Racial Justice Hub that have produced a number of resources for the church: Click here to visit the national Racial Justice Hub
Embracing the World:
A manifesto for building culturally inclusive communities for your church Click Here to Download the Resource
Racial Justice Training:
Baptist Together along with the United Reformed Church have produce 'We Belong' a racial justice training programme for accredited ministers.
Baptist Together has also produced a racial justice training resource called Just Aware. Click Here for more information of the Training
CYF (Baptist Together: Children, Youth and Families)
Have produced an excellent resource with the aim to speak positively into racial justice issues Through history, reflection and questioning they endeavour to create space that will open new avenues for conversation. Click Here for CYF Racial Justice Resource Page
Becoming Anti-Racist Reflective Resources for Young People:
YouthScape have provide an article for Youth leaders to read on how you can open up the conversation with young people about becoming anti-racist. Click Here for the Article.
Things to Read
Here is a list of books to read to help increase your awareness:
- We Need to Talk About Race - Ben Lindsay
- God of the Oppressed - James Cone
- The Power of Stories -Guide to leading multi-racial multi-cultural congregations - Jacqueline Lewis
- Becoming a Multi-cultural Church - Laurene Beth Bowers
- The Wolf shall dwell with the Lamb - Eric Law
- Is God colour blind? - Anthony Reddie