This is an exciting opportunity to join our Diocesan staff team as we seek to live out our commitment to racial justice. We expect that this will provide an opportunity for someone who is passionate about racial justice, equality and inclusion.

The Diocese of Southwark is the third largest Diocese, by population, in the Church of England, covering most of south London and East Surrey, and is also one of the most ethnically diverse dioceses in the United Kingdom. Almost 40% of our churches are attended by a majority of UKME/GMH congregations and a large proportion of the pupils in our schools also come from ethnically diverse backgrounds. We recognise, celebrate, and embrace this diversity, committing to an integrated Diocesan approach to racial justice, as reflected in our Diocesan Vision, and prioritising and supporting healing and reconciliation in our communities.

In 2021 we launched the Diocese of Southwark’s Anti Racism Charter (ARC)Strategies for enhancing ethnic diversity and inclusion which builds on earlier work in the Diocese and developed a subsequent 12-point plan to embed the ARC in real action.

We have worked hard to embed the ARC into our Diocesan vision and our management oversight structures and are now focusing even more intentionally on our recruitment, training and education challenges in our parishes and in the communities they serve.

This is an ideal opportunity if you are a practising Christian with a good knowledge of the Bible and an understanding of the theology of the place of racial justice in the church, and have experience of:

  • Working within the realm of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
  • Leading engagement/change programmes and organising events
  • Working with a diverse range of stakeholders from different disciplines and with differing viewpoints
  • Experience of working to deliver Racial Justice initiatives in varied contexts

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to make a real difference to the work and progress of the Diocese, and more widely the National Church, in advancing in the area of racial justice for all.

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