The Racial Justice Charter for the Diocese of York was adopted by its Diocesan Synod in November 2022, and sets out a theological vision for the work of racial justice seen within the Diocese’s commitment to Living Christ’s Story.
Together with the commitments that will flow from it, the Charter mirrors work in other Dioceses across the Church of England, and will help all in the Diocese to work for Racial Justice in every aspect of our life as the body of Christ.
In his foreword, Archbishop Stephen says that “My desire is for us to be a Christ-like and Jesus-shaped community that reflects every race and heritage in the Diocese of York: in our mission, our congregations and our leadership.”
Since the publication in 2021 of “From Lament to Action”, the report of the Church of England Racial Justice Task Group, we in the Diocese of York have worked to find how we might commit ourselves to respond to racial injustice and to be people who are anti-racist.
Inspired by the courageous advocacy of Canon Linda Ali, Archbishop Stephen called together a working group during 2021; Yvonne Bowling and Rob Suekerran are the co-chairs of what has become a Diocese of York Racial Advocates Group, commissioned by the Archbishop at the Diocesan Synod in April 2022.
The Advocates primarily work in Archdeaconries to promote racial justice and to help point parishes, schools, chaplaincies and new worshipping communities to resources enabling us all in becoming people who are not just for racial justice but are intentionally becoming anti-racist.