Amazing GRACE has been written and arranged as part of a joint initiative between the Diocese of Derby and the Diocese of Coventry. It is a six-week learning community for small groups, cell groups or church communities. Whilst this is initially being launched for use during Lent, it would work well at any time of year.
This is a learning community committed to understanding:
• The problem of racism
• The experiences of those who experience racism
• The privilege of those who do not
• The ways racism undermines the mission and ministry of the church
It is a learning community committed to taking intentional action - in whatever way is appropriate to each member’s circumstances - to promote race equality in our personal and ministerial contexts.
Good question! Along with other explicit meanings, it is also an acronym of:
The vision given in Revelation 7.9 is of a multitude of every nation, tribe, people and language worshipping God together, yet this vision is far from fulfilled in the life of the Church today.
The sin of racism can prevent the full and equal flourishing of God’s children and barriers exist for those who identify as UK Minority Ethnic (UKME) / Global Majority Christians which are invisible to their white church family. It is the responsibility of the whole people of God to tackle this injustice.
The learning community aims to be a supportive yet challenging space where participants can reflect on racism through engagement with Scripture, resources, guest speakers, and stories, then work together to identify ways that we can act for race equality in our different contexts.
The participants will meet every week for six weeks.
The initial sessions will be focused on our own racism awareness, learning and formation as followers of Christ. For the second phase, the focus will shift to how we can develop good practice and learning in our own contexts. Each member will be encouraged to take action - big or small - then evaluate its progress and share learning with the community.
Everyone! We do recommend smaller learning cohorts to help facilitate meaningful and safe learning environments for all where numbers permit. We hope that these first cohorts will be able to multiply our shared learning in the future.
You can download the booklet for the week and photocopy or copy-paste from that. You can also download all videos, PowerPoint and PDFs from this website at no cost. Depending on level of demand, we plan to continue making the website available for a number of years. Feel free to adapt to fit your context. Feel free to photocopy anything.
You'll find links to download the materials on the page for the week in question.