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Anglican ethnic minorities' network meets

16 May 2014

By a staff writer


Getting together: participants at the AMEN conference, earlier this month 

Getting together: participants at the AMEN conference, earlier this month 

A NEW network of minority-ethnic Anglicans in the UK has heldits first conference at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

The Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN) (Letters, 2 May) seeks to offer mutual support, but also encourage change and affirmative action in the Church towards people from ethnic-minority backgrounds.

It intends to "help the continuing transformation of the Anglican Church in the UK, in the light of the multicultural and multiracial nature of modern British society", it says in its mission statement.

It will work alongside the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC), which is directly responsible to the Archbishops' Council. The national adviser to CMEAC, Dr Elisabeth Henry, spoke at the conference and said: "The Church still has a long way to go in order to have a significant representation of people from ethnic-minority backgrounds at all levels."

The conference also heard from Dr Evie Vernon, of the charity Us. (formerly USPG), who spoke about "reverse mission" from the developing world to the UK.

The new network can be contacted via Facebook at www.facebook.com/amen.uk

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