CAPTION: Ewart Stanislaus (Stan)

Resources available for Racial Justice Sunday

Posted: 7th February, 2018

‘Staying power’ is the theme for this year’s Racial Justice Sunday, 11 February 2018. Resources are available from the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Please visit https://ctbi.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday-2018

A Prayer for Racial Justice Sunday:

God of all peoples, we pray for all victims and targets of racial hatred, discrimination and injustice. We pray for your protection especially for those affected in our churches, our institutions and in our communities.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for reconciliation through the work of God’s Spirit. Wherever there is division and divisiveness between us and others, because of our culture or ethnicity we pray that we may all be led to reconciliation, understanding and acceptance.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

(Taken from Racial Justice Sunday 2017 – Justice For All by Scott Boldt in partnership with EMBRACE, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Ewart Stanislaus (Stan), the diocese’s former Racial Justice Adviser and previous chair of the Churches Race Relations Group says:  “I am concerned about the division and challenge we see at present. We need to celebrate and pray for good Race Relations and friendship amongst our communities in Devon. Would you like to meet together to share experiences and strengthen our Faith?”

Contact Stan via Church and Society, email Joanie Harris or ring 01392 294940.

Note to Editors

More than 60 languages are spoken in our Devon schools. However over 70% of our minority ethnic population live in rural areas where they have few opportunities to meet with co-ethnic friends or family, or others with similar experiences. This means that racial isolation is a particular rural problem in Devon – isolation not just from friendship but from services and support networks.

Racial Justice Sunday is now celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February. For many churches this is a useful focus to help us celebrate the diversity with which God is enriching our communities and in the church in Devon but it can be celebrated at any time of the year.

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