The Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN) is establishing an Advocacy Programme to provide advocacy and pastoral care to minority ethnic members of the Church of England and is appointing two staff members to support moving From Lament to Action!
The purpose of this role is to provide an advocacy and pastoral care service for individuals experiencing racial injustice within the Church of England, contactable via a racial justice helpline and email address.
We are looking for someone who will:
Applicants must be practising Christians who support the faith context of the Church of England and will complete a full DBS disclosure.
For further information, please see the details below and the attached information pack. For informal enquiries, please contact Revd Dr Godfrey Kesari on 01403 730229.
AMEN is an independent group promoting the presence and participation of Minority Ethnic Anglicans in all structures of the Church of England in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. AMEN was formalised in January 2016 and has proven its ability to advocate within the church for greater racial justice and equality to be a priority. We want to see culture change in the Church of England. No other body outside the Church structure is able to be a critical friend. When the Church gets things right, we will offer vocal support, but we will push the Church of England to go further and faster to bring about racial justice in order that there is a positive cultural change in relation to racism.
The AMEN Advocacy Programme will provide advocacy and pastoral care to minority ethnic members of the Church of England through leveraging the capability of AMEN “to build relationships, represent issues, respond, and create frameworks for reforming the Church”. Advocacy is a core gift of AMEN to the Church.
AMEN’s areas of strategic priority are:
The AMEN ExCo is mindful that moving the level of commitment to racial justice in the whole Church of England "From Lament To Action" requires culture change on a comparable scale to that which the Church is still facing with respect to safeguarding.
"If it Wasn’t for God" demonstrated that for GMH clergy it’s clear that wellbeing is an issue of racial justice, but GMH clergy are getting on with it. Issues begin earlier than ordination - in vocation discernment, selection, and theological education when ordinands feel that they’ve been put into a system and are disorientated. Spiritual harm is caused by the focus on British culture and the lack of care for GMH ordinands. Good practice is ad-hoc: curacies are Russian roulette. Clergy who need diocesan support to sponsor residency in the UK are vulnerable and therefore have to conform to diocesan culture and “behave”.
National Ministry Development statistics show that 95% of GMH people going through discernment were not born in the UK, and there is no pipeline of GMH candidates born in the UK. The recent Living Ministry research shows the degree of trauma is worse amongst UK-born GMH clergy than those not born in the UK.
Our assessment is that the “system” is currently too broke for a strategy of encouraging vocations with UK-born GMH members to provide consistently safe environments for development, and that the reconciliation needed between those impacted and the Church must start with truth telling.
Therefore, the shape of this Advocacy Programme builds on AMEN’s core strength in relationships and recognises that it is through broadening relationships that AMEN can be even more effective in representing minority ethnic Anglicans through advocacy/support, which will contribute to informal resourcing of the Church’s journey From Lament To Action as we exercise our reforming voice.