Message from The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

‘The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise. But our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice. The truth is, we have accepted a social system which in sly and hidden ways systematically excludes racial minorities in particular. Those of us who are the winners in the system then often blame the victims for the inevitable violence and social ills which the injustice creates. I hope and pray that the sense of revulsion created by the murder of George Floyd will help us to look hard at the mechanisms of prejudice in our own society – and in our own church – and give us a new determination to change’.