Ghost Ship

Institutional Racism and the Church of England

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A. D. A. France-Williams
  • Norwich, UK: 
    SCM Press
    , July
     2020.
     216 pages.
     $19.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780334059356.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

The church is very good at saying all the right things about racial equality. But the reality is that the institution has utterly failed to back up these good intentions with demonstrable efforts to reform. It is a long way from being a place of black flourishing.

Through conversation with clergy, lay people and campaigners in the Church of England, A. D. A France-Williams issues a stark warning to the church, demonstrating how black and brown ministers are left to drown in a sea of complacency and collusion.

While sticking plaster remedies abound, A. D. A France-Williams argues that what is needed is a wholesale change in structure and mindset.

Unflinching in its critique of the church, Ghost Ship explores the harrowing stories of institutional racism experienced then and now, within the Church of England.

Far from being an issue which can be solved by simply recruiting more black and brown clergy, says France-Williams, structural racism requires a wholesale dismantling and reassembling of the ship—before it is too late.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

A. D. A. France-Williams is priest in the Church of England in an urban parish which is a member of the HeartEdge church network. He has been a priest for ten years and holds a MPhil in theology as well as a masters degree in mission.

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