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Dr Chigor Chike appointed interim National Adviser Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns

1st Sep 2020

The Revd Canon Dr Chigor Chike has been appointed as the Church of England’s interim National Adviser Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns as work begins to establish a new body to combat racism.

Chigor, vicar of Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate and chair of the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN), is taking on the role as a secondment for six months.

From 1 September, he will be based at Church House, Westminster and will be part of the Mission and Public Affairs department.

This is ahead of a permanent appointment of a replacement for Dr Elizabeth Henry, who retired this year after seven years as National Adviser to the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC).

It will be a crucial period, which will see preparations for the establishment of a new Archbishops’ Racism Action Commission.

Chigor, who is also the Chair of Chelmsford CMEAC, has handed this responsibly over to Revd Ade Eleyae, Bishop’s Equality Adviser and Vicar of All Saints Church, Goodmayes, during his secondment.

Chigor said:

“I am really looking forward to the secondment to the role of National Adviser Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns.

I have worked in the field of anti-racism for the past twenty-five years and do not know a time when people have been more aware of systemic racism or more determined to dismantle it. 

“I would be looking to play a part to the Church of England’s response to this moment.”

The House of Bishops voted recently to establish a new Racism Action Commission to start work early next year to implement “significant cultural and structural” change within the Church of England on race. The commission will also monitor progress on changes.

Commenting on Chigor’s appointment, the Right Revd Peter Hill, the acting Bishop of Chelmsford and the Bishop of Barking said:

“Chigor takes up this national role at a key moment in our response to the continuing entrenched racism within our midst as a church and a nation.  His experience, academic rigour, and active approach will provide a great stimulus to effective change during his secondment.”

The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of the Mission and Public Affairs Department said:

“We are hugely grateful to Chigor and to the Diocese of Chelmsford for making this secondment possible.

“We have a thorough process in place for identifying a permanent Advisor on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) issues, but the work is too important to wait for that process to take its course.

Chigor will play a pivotal role at a crucial time as the Church of England builds on a new commitment to addressing racism and seeking the full inclusion of all people within its life and ministry."

 

More information

The Revd Canon Dr Chigor Chike

The Revd Canon Dr Chigor Chike has been based at Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate, since 2010. Chigor is also chair of the Rights and Equalities in Newham charity, advocating for marginalised people. He has degrees from Oxford and Birmingham and is author of numerous books.

 

The Church of England’s Racism Action Commission

The House of Bishops voted recently to establish a new Racism Action Commission to start work early next year to implement “significant cultural and structural” change within the Church of England on race.

 

Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC)

The role of CMEAC is to identify, monitor and take forward concerns of BAME Anglicans and make recommendations for change. The Committee is a committee of the Archbishops’ Council and is accountable to the Church of England’s highest decision-making body, the General Synod and has responsibility for addressing issues, in as far as they have implications for BAME groups within the Church and the wider community.

Find out more at www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/our-views/race-and-ethnicity.

 

Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN)

AMEN is an independent group promoting the presence and participation of Minority Ethnic Anglicans in all structures of our church in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Independent” conveys the idea that the Group is not part of the formal structure of the Church of England; the Group will work with and has the blessing of CMEAC, but is not formally part of CMEAC.

Find out more at www.amenanglican.org.uk.