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Turn Up The Volume

Posted on: May 20, 2014 12:28 PM
Revd Canon Rosemarie Mallett
Photo Credit: The Voice
Related Categories: clergy, England, minorities

[The Voice] The Church of England has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of minority ethnic clergy in senior positions.

Called Turning Up the Volume, the initiative has been set up by the House of Bishops, and is being led by the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, who is supported by a team of 12 lay and ordained members of the church.

The team will be exploring the reasons that may be stopping ethnic minority Christians from being appointed to senior positions.

Bishop James explained: “When I was asked to lead this initiative, I was very clear that it is vital not only for the well-being of the Church of England, but also for the credibility of our mission to the nation.

“For as long as we have a senior leadership with such a low representation of UK minority ethnic (ME) clergy, we will not be seen as a church which is for all the people of our nation.”

Revd Canon Rosemarie Mallett, Vicar and member of the task group, said: “This may seem a tall order in a short time, but we believe that the people are out there, and those in leadership positions should be actively working to help identify them and offer them opportunities to undertake the necessary training to apply for such posts.”

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