Together, we respond
When we look at the contribution of African and Caribbean churches in the UK, we see that challenging injustice is at the heart of our rich heritage. Our churches have used pardner and susu to break through economic exclusion. We have marched through the streets in the face of racial injustice. And we have worked with the Government to challenge the criminalisation of our young people.
Now, a new generation has emerged, with new challenges to tackle. Climate change, shifting gender roles and a digitally connected world require us to return to God and his original plan for our relationships with each other and the planet. What is still true is that travelling together enables us to go far. Unity is still a sign that God has sent us (John 17:20–21).
With The Justice Charter, we refresh the vision under which we, as African and Caribbean churches, come together. The Charter was born out of a collaboration between leaders from The Well, Churches Together in England and Wales, the One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance, Dr Dulcie Dixon McKenzie, and the wisdom of several additional influential church leaders. It sets out 14 commitments that our churches can make to respond to injustice in practical and transformational ways.
These 14 commitments span five areas of justice – economic, racial, climate, gender, and religious injustice – and are intended to encourage churches to think about these both locally and globally.