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After the Macpherson Report following the Inquiry on the death of Stephen Lawrence the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales 1999 welcomed the Macpherson Report; and, in the light of its useful definition of ‘institutional racism’, urged all Catholic organisations and institutions to look again at how they could better serve minority ethnic communities in our society. This produced SERVING A Multi-Ethnic SOCIETY Guidelines for a review of Catholic organisations and institutions in the light of the Macpherson Report Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales 1999.

Lancaster Diocese Racial Justice Group was a response to the Bishops’ Conference document.

Resources for Racial Justice Sunday  2012on the theme "Being an Inclusive Church .....and not an exclusive club" which can be used throughout the year is available here.

Resources for People Shouldn't be bought and sold produced for Racial Justice Sunday 2011   http://www.carj.org.uk/downloads/RJS2011_Booklet.pdf

Lancaster Diocese Racial Justice Charter was adopted by the diocese in 2005. Margaret Ann Frisken, Chair of Catholic Association for Racial Justice spoke at the Diocesan Racial Justice Service in St Ignatius Preston October 2010 here.

Bishop Patrick Lynch on Racial Justice Sunday 2010 here.

In 2007 the Commission was involved in the planning of a week of activities in Whitehaven to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade; these included an ecumenical service; Set All Free Conference with workshops and the production of CARGO.

Quote from Serving a Multi-Ethnic Society:

The gospel values which underpin our work call us to the service of all, especially the poor and marginalised. Events surrounding the death of Stephen Lawrence and the Report of the subsequent Inquiry, have highlighted the reality of ‘institutional racism’ and our common obligation to address it. Institutional racism is a form of structural sin and primarily a sin of omission. The Macpherson Report defined it as (46.25): ‘the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.’”