Racial justice issues have been recognised as a key concern for our Union for many years, with a Racial Justice Group (RJG) being in existence in some shape or form from the 1990s, and notably initiating the passing of a BU Council resolution on racial justice issues in March 1996. A Racial Justice Adviser
was appointed in 2002, and continues to be supported by the Racial Justice Group.
Particular initiatives have included the development of racial justice training provided for all involved in Baptist ministry and now delivered through Colleges and Associations, and the holding of an annual multicultural event known as 'The Gathering'.
In November 2007, our Union passed an historic resolution to mark the anniversary of the passing of the Slave Trade Act abolishing slavery. The resolution apologised for our part in the transatlantic slave trade. Click here to read the text of this apology
This has led to the development of an ongoing programme of work known as The Journey. Click here to read the text of The Journey recommendations
The aim of The Journey is to ensure that our Union develops into a fully multicultural Union which will include providing access to resources and initiatives for:
The Sam Sharpe Project is an important contribution to the field of Black Baptist Studies and also supports The Journey.