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Welcome to the Baptists Together Racial Justice Blog, a new space to hear from and reflect on a range of Christian voices on issues of racial justice. The idea for this series of reflections was conceived by our Racial Justice Hub in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the worldwide protests that followed. 

In his introduction our Justice Enabler Wale Hudson-Roberts explains more:  

At the heart of this new series of blogs will be a space to listen. Writers from many different perspectives will present their stories. Some will re-visit their own part in creating and maintaining discrimination. Others will recount their experience of being on the receiving end of the very same discrimination. These are all stories that need to be heard.

These blogs will encourage followers of Christ to grapple with fundamental issues of truth: what it is like living as a person of colour in the UK in 2020, and what is like from a white perspective to begin, under The Rule of Christ, to address the distortions created by unchallenged privilege and power. 

It is unlikely that these blogs will make easy listening, but this is a matter of justice that is deliberately designed to challenge our intuitive preference for ease. Our hope, in the Racial Justice Hub, is that these blogs and the stories they tell will kindle and sustain new and continuing commitments to justice, both in our churches and in society more widely. 


Read Wale's longer introductory piece here. 

New blogs will be published every Thursday throughout Autumn 2020, beginning at the start of Black History Month on 1 October. Each will be listed below, and there is an opportunity to comment at the end of each:
 
Race will never do no author80
Race will never do our bodies justice 
The origin of race is not divine — but human. Yet we live these racialised identities, not the baptismal one offered through Christ, writes Starlette Thomas More ...
Why its a lie no author800
Why it is a lie to say “All Lives Matter” 
Why I believe that this seemingly noble statement is in fact wrong, misleading, and misses the point. By Joshua Searle More ...
Responsibility800
Responsibility  
A reflection on our responsibility as white Christians in a world where George Floyd was murdered. By Tim Judson More ...
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'Throughout secondary school, I experienced a dismissive attitude towards race'
Reflections on my school experience, Black Lives Matter and the future. By Tabatha Crook More ...
Becoming anti-racist
Becoming anti-racist
Hayley Young and Rich Blake-Lobb introduce the Anti-Racism Reflective Action group, formed to help Baptists set aside time to reflect with God and others about racial bias and how that is reflected in our ministry and mission More ...
Repentance800
Repentance ground: an authentic lament
We need to be intentional about understanding the reality, the history and facts about racial injustice if we are to address it More ...
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'We want to ensure this dream is never deferred again' 
Justice Enabler Wale Hudson-Roberts introduces the Baptists Together Racial Justice Blog More ...
A tale of 2 800
A tale of two spaces 
A reflection exploring how we respond when our spaces are disrupted and subverted by people with a different set of values and world views. By Simon Jay More ...
 

Click here if you have questions or would like to contact our Racial Justice Hub.
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The origin of race is not divine — but human. Yet we live these racialised identities, not the baptismal one offered through Christ, writes Starlette Thomas
Why I believe that this seemingly noble statement is in fact wrong, misleading, and misses the point. By Joshua Searle
A reflection on our responsibility as white Christians in a world where George Floyd was murdered. By Tim Judson
Reflections on my school experience, Black Lives Matter and the future. By Tabatha Crook
Hayley Young and Rich Blake-Lobb introduce the Anti-Racism Reflective Action group, formed to help Baptists set aside time to reflect with God and others about racial bias and how that is reflected in our ministry and mission
We need to be intentional about understanding the reality, the history and facts about racial injustice if we are to address it