We acknowledge racial injustice exists and abhor this injustice.
However, it is tempting to feel exempt and avoid praying with integrity around the subject. Picture a conversation (in a garden, warm with sunshine) where the question was posed, “How should the diocese pray?” There was a change in mood, a chill, and a sadness.
The intelligent young woman, a junior doctor, first generation UK, responded with sensitivity and restraint, as she described the impact of overt and covert comments regarding the colour of her skin, her race, which eventually began to damage her self-esteem.
“People talk down at you, dismiss you, or use their position to damage your integrity and professionalism, knowing they will suffer little consequence, because you (black people) are not as valued in society.” She asked for prayer for our local community to step out and be open to form friendships with those who are different from themselves.
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