News and events
Black History Month - October 2023
October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK, an occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British economy, culture, and history. There are host of ways churches can mark this month and there are resources on the Church of England website to help. One of the resources is a church documentary, After the Flood. Why not find out more and plan a Watch Party at your church?
Racial Justice Sunday - February 2024
Ahead of a celebration planned for Racial Justice Sunday in February 2024, the Church is looking for nominations of our icons of racial justice across the centuries. Download the poster and find out more about how you can get involved.
Join the UKME/Global Majority Heritage network
The Church of England’s Racial Justice team is seeking to mobilise all Global Majority Heritage (GMH)/ UK Minoritised Ethnic (UKME) clergy, ordinands and lay ministers and leaders to join an ethnocultural communications network.
- Anti racism taskforce report welcomed by Bishop Ruth
- Learning from the past: Bath Abbey exhibition telling the story of colonialism and the slave trade
From Lament to Action
In April 2021, the Anti Racism Taskforce on racism in the Church of England published the From Lament to Action report.
Bishop Ruth joined with Archbishops of the Church of England in pledging to be the generation to halt the cycle of inaction in the church on racism.
The report was commissioned in order to understand what progress has been made towards tackling racism. It is clear from its finding that despite many promises in previous years, little has been done.
Bishop Ruth said: “We acknowledge that we have failed. Despite warm words for many years, there has been too little action and too often there have been examples of our brothers and sister being marginalised, abused and left voiceless. I welcome the recommendations in this report.
“I am working closely with my UKME colleagues in the diocese to learn from them how we must act to free the voices of those who have been overlooked and ignored, and listen and learn from their experiences and expertise.
Rev Narinder Tegally is Lead Chaplain of the Spiritual Care Centre at the Royal United Bath NHS Foundation Trust, the Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the diocese and also sits on the national minority ethnic vocations advisory group, which is working to empower minority ethnic communities to think about their vocation.
She said: “Firstly, before we can encourage vocations we need to welcome and accept and love every human being. I have been to many churches where I have just been ignored. And I have been on baptism visits where people see my colour first, not my collar.”
She experienced racism growing up in the UK and said she had been sidelined for promotion both in the church and in nursing. Bath and Wells was one of the few dioceses where she had felt “affirmed” she said.
“My faith journey, my journey as a human being, has been one of pain and sorrow but also one of hope – hope that for my grandchildren things may be different. We all need to take responsibility for change.”
Who to contact
If you wish to be part of the conversation, please contact Kate Scott, Bishops’ Chaplain.