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We, the senior clergy of Blackburn Diocese gather behind the statement made by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (here) regarding the evil of systemic racism entrenched in our society, which has been highlighted by events in America, but exists here in the UK and, indeed, here in Lancashire. In doing so we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all ethnic backgrounds, and all of those who face injustice, violence and oppression due to the colour of their skin and race. We stand firmly against any prejudicial and discriminatory action which treats one person as less than another. All are created in the image of God and all are to be treated with dignity. Therefore, racism is sinful, as it dehumanises and destroys the image of God in each one of us. 

Racism has no place in our society or indeed our churches. When one part is harmed, we all suffer.

Signed by

  • The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, 
  • The Rt Rev Philip North,  Bishop of Burnley
  • The Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff,  Bishop of Lancaster
  • The Ven Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn
  • The Ven David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster