What is Amazing GRACE?
This is a learning community committed to understanding:
The problem of racism
The experiences of those who experience racism
The privilege of those who do not
The ways racism undermines the mission and ministry of the church
It is a learning community committed to taking intentional action – in whatever way is appropriate to each member’s circumstances – to promote race equality in our personal and ministerial contexts.
Why is it needed?
The vision given in Revelation 7:9 is of people of every nation, tribe, people and language worshipping God together, yet this vision is far from fulfilled in the life of the church today. However, the sin of racism can prevent the full and equal flourishing of God’s children and barriers exist for people of colour which are invisible to their white church family. It is the responsibility of the whole people of God to tackle this injustice. This learning community aims to be a supportive yet challenging space where participants can reflect on racism through engagement with Scripture, resources and stories, then work together to identify ways that we can act for race equality in our different contexts.
Who can join?
We are inviting clergy and recognised lay leaders to participate.
Introduction to course – Thursday 29th September 2022
We need to talk about Race – Thursday 24th November 2022
Privilege, Power & Whiteness – Thursday 26th January 2023
Black History & Critical Race Theory – Thursday 30th March 2023
Racism & The Church of England – Thursday 25th May 2023
Practical Action & Contextual Learning – Thursday 20th July 2023
The participants will meet once every two months from Thursday 29th September 2022 – Thursday 20th July 2023.
The initial three sessions will be focused on our own racism awareness, learning and formation as ministers & followers of Christ. For the second phase, the focus will shift to how we can develop good practice and learning in our own contexts. Each member will be encouraged to take action – big or small – then evaluate its progress and share learning with the community.
Venue: All Saints Church, Rectory Lane Allesley, Coventry CV5 9EQ. On-site parking is available
Start Time: 9.30am – 12noon
Book your place
Bookings for this Learning Community can be made through the Equip Hub by clicking here.
Amazing GRACE will be hosted by Neil Masih – Intercultural Mission Enabler and the Race Equality Resource group, which is part of the wider strategic work that Bishop John is overseeing to further Race Equality across the life of the Diocese
For more information contact Neil.Masih@Coventry.Anglican.org