We’re all called to seek God’s help to be as Christ amongst all people and to live in the Spirit’s power to love one another as Christ loves.
Advisers in the Diocese of Durham are here to help you do this through offering information from national and local sources, including seminars, networking opportunities, on-call support and courses.
We also welcome publications and papers that encourage us towards a Godly and Christian perspective of the ethnic, racial, and global diversity of people.
Your United Kingdom Minority Ethnic (UKME) Adviser
Revd Canon Eileen Harrop is Priest in Charge of St Mary's, Gainford; St Andrew's, Winston; St John the Evangelist's, Ingleton; and St Mary's, Staindrop (in Plurality), and Oversight Priest for the rural church plant GATHER in Teesdale.
She is also the Vice-Chair on theExecutive of the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN) and their Pastoral Lead. This site will be useful for ME Church of England laity, licensed ministers, ordinands in training, curates, and clergy (deacons, priests and bishops). You can also request to join the AMEN Facebook page.
Eileen is keen to receive emails from any UKME clergy and licensed ministers from within the diocese (who self-identify as UKME) so that she can stay in touch and invite them to get-togethers specifically for UKME conversations and to offer support. Please get in touch by email, Eileen would be delighted to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church of England UKME Ordinands and Curates may also like to request joining the Facebook page.
Church of England Clergy and Ordinands in Training of Chinese Heritage may like to join the Teahouse network on Facebook.
Chaplain and Advocate to Gypsy, Traveller, and Roma (GTR) communities
This is Revd Dr Nicky Chater. Nicky is also an MSE Associate Minister at Durham St Margaret and Neville’s Cross St John.
The Church of England is pleased to launch the programme of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Friendly Churches (GRTFC), of which Nicky together with Fr Prebendary Joseph Fernandes of London Diocese are among the pioneer ministers.
Finding UKME-related resources
You can search for any subject that interests you through the Resources Centre online. Resources will be listed if they contain the words you are searching for. You may wish to search for communities like 'Roma', 'Gypsy' or 'Traveller', for example. Or, you might wish to search for more general terms like 'prejudice' or 'discrimination'. Try the Religious Resources Catalogue first. If you do not find what you are looking for, please do feel free to contact the Religious Resources Centre whose staff will happily assist in any way they are able to: 0192 375 0586
They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are —Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” (Acts of the Apostles 2:7-11)
The 'Wordproject Bibles Index' features a database of bibles in various different languages. Click here for more information.