P 122 Multiethnic Church: A Case Study of an Anglican Diocese
As church attendance by white people has fallen, attendance by black and minority ethnic groups (BME) has increased, and they now make up 17% of church attendance in England. Alongside the New Testament's vision of ethnic inclusion, this makes the issue of BME representation in the church's structures and leadership impossible to ignore.
This study shows how one Anglican diocese addressed the issues, the successes and challenges, and the lessons learnt.
Author: Delbert Sandiford
Delbert Sandiford was Executive Officer for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns in the Diocese of Southwark from 2001 until his retirement in 2008. He has been a Trustee of USPG?��Anglicans in World Mission where he was for five years Chair of its Advocacy Group. He chaired an ecumenical group which reviewed the barriers to black and minority ethnic participation in the structures of the United Reformed Church. He is a pastoral adviser on the Bishops' Advisory Panels.