20th April 2021
Following publication of the Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Task Force report, the Bishop of St Albans said:
“The Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Task Force report has now been published. It sets out clear recommendations, a programme of action and lays the groundwork for a new longer-term Commission on Racial Justice to examine broader, systemic questions.
Our faith teaches us that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God and I join the Archbishops in expressing deep regret for past failures and in reaffirming the vision of this new humanity where barriers of separation are broken down.
This week’s BBC Panorama programme has been a powerful and painful reminder that good intentions alone are not sufficient to tackle this complex area where it is all too easy to fail. Yet there is work bearing fruit in our and other dioceses, an example of which was also shown in the programme. The response to Panorama from the national church can be seen here: https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/news-releases/bbc-panorama-programme-church-racist”
I reaffirm our commitment to tackling racism and other forms of discrimination, all inimical to our Christian faith, at an institutional and individual level. We have no hesitation in calling out racist behaviour and want to see that there is learning from such mistakes and share our sorrow and shame for when we get things wrong.