Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns
Encouraging and supporting cultural diversity within Chester Diocese and the Church of England
“Welcome to the Committee for Minority and Ethnic Anglican Concerns. CMEAC works to encourage and engage participation from the Church’s Minority Ethnic Anglicans at every level in our parishes. It is the primary point of contact in the Church of England for advice and resources regarding ethnic differences, marginalisation, advocacy and racial justice. The Diocese of Chester celebrates the diversity found in its parishes, schools and congregations, and the contribution of this diverse to the life of their communities and churches. CMEAC seeks to harness the God-given gift of plurality evident in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Christian Church in England, ensuring that all parts of the Body of Christ are equally involved in the mission of the church. The Diocese of Chester as the body of Christ is also aware of its own need to be constantly vigilant regarding racism, marginalisation and all forms of prejudice in its common life and structures.” Rev Canon Lameck Mutete Chair: Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns
The work of the local MEAC group is supported and guided by the diocese and the National Church of England Community of Ethnic Anglican Concerns
The vision of CMEAC is to see a Church in England in which Minority Ethnic Anglicans communities play their full part in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that there is so much the church can give and receive from this engagement with the Minority Ethnic Christians in our parishes.
The mission of CMEAC in the Diocese of Chester is to work closely with Minority Ethnic Christians in all our parishes with a view to harnessing their rich diversity in the service and mission of the Church.
The work of CMEAC revolves around three main strategies:
- Stimulating and facilitating networking between Ethnic Minority Anglicans.
- Providing a focus for resources for and about CMEAC.
- Facilitating dialogue and breaking barriers of worship as a way of bringing authentic witness.
‘I too am CofE’
This is the title of an excellent short video which captures the voices of minority ethnic Anglicans on what it’s like to belong to the CofE.
The video which accompanied a paper to July General Synod, shows the diverse Anglican membership with which the church is blessed and raises challenges too. It also helps to explain what CMEAC (Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns) is all about.
Up date on the Diocese of Chester MEAC Group
A few years ago the MEAC group from our diocese and Liverpool diocese decided to work together and hold joint meetings. We were small groups and coming together has strengthened our resolve.
We have jointly organised a number of ecumenical events with key note speakers; ‘Enabling Voices’ at the Peace Centre Warrington with Stephen Broadbent, renowned sculptor. An evening to celebrate the richness and diversity of our communities; ‘Church Without Walls’ again held in Warrington with Canon Lamek Mutete, chair of the Chester MEAC group. An interactive evening based upon the Racial Justice Sunday theme for that year, to challenge us to work towards a more inclusive Church.
Each year we promote the Minority Ethnic Vocations conference, resources and materials to encourage vocations. Until recently our chair, Lameck Mutete, was a member of the CMEAC Vocations Committee.
We are currently working on a project about living with diversity and asking questions of churches and church members. For example, how are churches welcoming and embracing people from minority ethnic groups, particularly newcomers to this country. We have conducted some pilot interviews and would like to create a resource of people’s/church’s stories, maybe through a ‘talking heads’ video, in order to highlight and encourage best practice.
- 'We Belong - Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Living Hospitality' - An Ecumenical Racial Justice Starter Training Pack.
- www.ctbi.org.uk - Churches Commission for Racial Justice.
- 'The Multicultural Ministry Toolkit' - A training resource for growing multi cultural churches. Available from: Racial Justice and Multicultural Ministry Office, URC, Church House, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT 0207916 8655
- 'Seeds of Hope in the Parish' - a study pack to help parishioners to reflect theologically and engage with issues of racism and racial justice. Available from CSR: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Solution - Black Mental Health UK's new online digital magazine entitled
CMEAC Chair Revd Lameck Mutete - Tel: 01829 770245