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Multimedia event to mark 2018 Black History Month at Lichfield Cathedral

People from across the region will celebrate Black History Month at Lichfield Cathedral later this month.

The Walking Together celebration will take place on October 13.

The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush and the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

It will feature a pilgrimage inside the cathedral along with specially-commissioned videos about the experience of black people in local churches and communities in the decades following Windrush.

Prayer stations, songs and sharing, children’s activities and free tea and cake will also be a part of the multimedia event which will run from 2pm to 4pm, with closing worship from 3.30pm.

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “Walking Together has been organised by Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) clergy and laity from across the Diocese as an opportunity to give thanks to God for the many ways in which BAME Christians enrich the lives of our churches and communities.

“Christianity in our part of the world was born into a rich ethnic and cultural diversity, and in our own times we are finding out again what it means to live, worship and serve together as one People of God embracing people from many different backgrounds.

“We recommit ourselves to ensuring that people of every background know that they have an honoured and assured place in the life of our Diocese. These are significant challenges for us to face but our focus through Walking Together is on celebration.”

The Revd Preb Carl Ramsey, one of the organising team, said the event would be a celebration of diversity.

“I’m really looking forward to Walking Together,” he said. “It is not just about the historical cultural context for those of us who are black or another minority ethnicity, but because it will be a chance for all of us to build up our own networks for peace and justice, think about how we stand up to racism in our communities and pray and worship together.”

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