Black Lives Matter – A Matter of Racial Justice?

The Circuit Service on YouTube available from 5pm on Sunday 14th June focuses on Justice, including Racial Justice. This is a rightly challenging subject, and has been brought once more to our attention following the death of George Floyd in the USA and the demonstrations and protests that have followed. We need to be prepared to take Racial Injustice and Justice seriously as individuals, churches and society. Below are links to some pages and resources with a particular Methodist Focus which could help to open up the issues for us.

The Methodist Church encourages engagement with Racial Justice Sunday, generally held in February each year. For a useful introduction to the area of Racial Justice from a church and Christian perspective see here:
Racial Justice Sunday

To help individuals and congregations practically wrestle with Racial Justice amongst other potential areas of inclusion and exclusion The Methodist Church has produced the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit. It can be found here:
EDI Toolkit

Flowing from the work around EDI a report went to Methodist Council (A national representative body of the Methodist Church that meets between and operates on behalf of the Methodist Conference), and will likely form a part of the Council’s report to the 2020 Methodist Conference. In part it details the steps we can take corporately to seek to continue on our journey to seek to rid the church of prejudice and exclusion. It can be found here:
EDI task Group report to Methodist Council

Here is a link to a personal message, following the recent events and protests, from the current President of Conference, Barbara Glasson:
The President’s Personal Statement

2 comments to “Black Lives Matter – A Matter of Racial Justice?”

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  1. Tony - July 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Sadly the Slogan “ Black Lives Matter” is an exclusive slogan. It draws attention to predominately Black people yet all over the world social injustice is levelled at all people of all skin colours and races.

    A much more inclusive Christian movement would A.L.M.S. ALL LIVES MATTER. SURELY. People of Hong Kong. Northern Ireland. Syria Yemen,West African States, Myanmar, The Middle East, and many more countries. It isn’t just our black cousins that are suffering. ItS applies all over the world to all peoples.

    We are taught by our parents …… “to hate all the people your relatives hate, you’ve got to be carefully taught.”

    Alms please for the love of God

    Just a thought on exclusivity. Not a discussion point or intended criticism.

  2. Stephen Levett - July 12, 2020 at 10:01 am Reply

    Hi Tony. Thanks for your comment. There are many articles and voices response describing why saying All Lives Matter in response to Black Lives Matter is to massively miss the point. Here is a link to just one.
    https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-protests-all-lives-matter-18425709

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