Leaked report shows that the Church of England could impose a black and minority ethnic quota for clergy

by Jenny Mount · Mar 23rd, 2021 1:36 pm

Last Updated Mar 24th, 2021 at 1:05 pm

A quota on black and minority ethnic clergy as well as anti-racism training may be implemented by the Church of England, according to a report leaked Saturday.

The report is scheduled to be turned into the Archbishops' Council next week by the Church of England's anti-racism task force. It recommends implementing a quota for black and minority ethnic clergy, revamping education in schools, and dealing with controversial statues and monuments.

Only one of the 42 diocesan bishops across the country is from a black or minority ethnic background. The task force has suggested that at least "one UK minority ethnic clergy (is) elected from each region" and that all shortlists for clergy recruitment also include "at least one appointable UK minority ethnic candidate."

The task force has also recommended that church-affiliated primary and secondary schools "develop a broad RE curriculum with specific reference to the promotion of racial justice." The new report is encouraging schools to celebrate Black History Month.

In reference to the church's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, the report recommends that church officials "acknowledge, repent, and take decisive action to address the (CoE's) shameful history and legacy."

Church officials will also need to "deal with any part of the church building that may cause pain or offence" to make sure spaces are "welcoming spaces for all."


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