Diocese of Portsmouth

Racial Justice

Racial Justice

In acknowledgement of the challenge given by Rev Rajiv Sidhu, curate at St Mary’s Church, Fratton, in his article for the Spring 2022 issue of @CofEPortsmouth, our diocesan magazine, we’ve created this page to enable parishes to engage with the growing movement for racial justice in the UK.


Resources for Black History Month

  • The Church of England has produced liturgical resources for use in Black History Month (October), including Services of the Word, a Eucharistic service, Prayers of Lament and of Commission, and links to further resources for Bible studies, youth work, Messy Church, and music. Click here to explore and download.
A Prayer for Black History Month
A Prayer for Black History Month

Resources for Racial Justice Sunday

Racial Justice Sunday is an ecumenical observance which began in 1995 in Britain and Ireland. The catalyst for this observation was the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager in South London, on 22 April 1993. In 2017, Racial Justice Sunday moved from September to the second Sunday of February.

Resources for Schools and Families

A Parent’s Guide to Black Lives MatterA Parent’s Guide to Black Lives Matter

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Resources, activities, and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. Download here.

An Angel Just Like MeAn Angel Just Like Me

Diocesan Christmas Project, 2021

An Angel Just Like Me was written nearly twenty-five years ago, but is still as relevant today. It is the story of African American boy Tyler’s search for an angel that looks like him to put on the family Christmas tree. This makes a great prompt for encouraging children to think about the stereotypes and assumptions they make about the Christmas story and about the wider world they live in. We hope that the ideas in this booklet will inspire you to explore the story and the issues it raises, in a way that is relevant and memorable for the children in your class or school. This pack contains creative art ideas, Collective Worship resources and RE materials based on the Hampshire Living Difference 111 cycle of enquiry on Angels, with ideas suitable for both KS1 and KS2.

Suggested Reading

God is Not a White Man, by Chine McDonaldGod Is Not a White Man: And Other Revelations

by Chine McDonald

Part memoir, part social and theological commentary on what it means to be a black Christian woman in the UK.

This book - and its author - is a profound gift to a Church that has much work to do. I commend it to all who are seeking a better, fairer future that truly reflects the face of Jesus Christ. -- Archbishop Justin Welby

Ghost Ship, by A.D.A. France-WilliamsGhost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England

by A.D.A. France-Williams

The Church is very good at saying all the right things about racial equality. But the reality is that the institution has utterly failed to back up these good intentions with demonstrable efforts to reform. It is a long way from being a place of black flourishing.

Through conversation with clergy, lay people and campaigners in the Church of England, A.D.A France-Williams issues a stark warning to the church, demonstrating how black and brown ministers are left to drown in a sea of complacency and collusion. While sticking plaster remedies abound, France-Williams argues that what is needed is a wholesale change in structure and mindset.

We Need to Talk About Race, by Ben LindsayWe Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches

by Ben Lindsay

From the UK Church’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade to the whitewashing of Christianity throughout history, the Church has a lot to answer for when it comes to race relations. Christianity has been dubbed the white man’s religion, yet the Bible speaks of an impartial God and shows us a diverse body of believers. It’s time for the Church to start talking about race. Ben Lindsay offers eye-opening insights into the black religious experience, challenging the status quo in white majority churches. Filled with examples from real-life stories, including his own, and insightful questions, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of race relations in the Church in the UK and shows us how we can work together to create a truly inclusive church community.


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