The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to more people knowing Jesus and more justice throughout the world. In the last few years, these challenges have become more widely acknowledged than ever before – the rapid expansion of the global Black Lives Matter movement and the tearing down of memorials dedicated to slave owners have positioned that fight for equality and understanding firmly in the public square.
The Church of England has its own legacy when it comes to racial injustices. This Diocese is willing to challenge its history and connections with the Trade in Enslaved Africans. However, the impacts of racism within Liverpool Diocese can be witnessed through the lack of participation from those who are from UKME/GMH backgrounds. The work of reconciliation has already begun in this Diocese.
In 2022, the Diocese appointed Jennie Taylor as the Racial Justice Officer for both the Diocese and Liverpool Cathedral. The Diocese has approved a racial justice strategy which hopes and aims to make some significant changes within the Diocese over the next 5 years. The Diocesan racial justice strategy outlines these 4 areas as a priority: vocations and recruitment, education and transformation, anti-slavery responses through campaigning and the Triangle of Hope and Liverpool Cathedral. The Triangle of Hope reconciliation project is recognised nationally and internationally for the work it has done to make the history of slavery known.
The Diocese and Cathedral have established a UKME Employee Resource Group. Liverpool Diocese is aware of the need for underrepresented ethnic minority groups to have access to social support from people who are more likely to share their experiences and we hope that this group will be one of the ways we provide that support. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org