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Churches Urged to Observe Racial Justice Sunday: CEN 8.31.07 p 4. August 30, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Immigration.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) is encouraging Christians to celebrate next Sunday Sept 9 as “Racial Justice Sunday.”

Racial Justice Sunday 2007 will develop the theme of “People on the move” by examining past and present mass movements of people including the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants.

Andy Bruce, the manger of the Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice, stated “the emphasis is on migration, and in racial justice terms this turns our attention beyond simply skin colour to people who have relocated for all sorts of reasons.”

The organizers hope Churches outside of urban areas will take part in the services. “For ages, it has been a struggle to get many churches to acknowledge that racial justice is an issue in their areas,” Bruce said. “Now, however, the focus is Cornwall and Cumbria as much as Birmingham, Bradford or Bristol.”

The lesson plans and study materials will also address hypocrisy over the immigration issue, he argued. There remained “huge resistance” to immigration in Britain Bruce said. However, “most in the UK are happy for British people to retire to Spain or be reunited with relatives in Australia, but are deeply unhappy when it comes to Asian people being reunited with their families in the UK.”

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the umbrella body for all the major Christian Churches in Britain and Ireland. It liaises with ecumenical bodies in Britain and Ireland as well as ecumenical organizations at European and world levels. Its work includes Church Life, Church and Society, Mission, Inter Faith Relations, International Affairs and Racial Justice.

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