This year Bishop Robert and the Board of Trustees commissioned research to provide recommendations on improving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Diocese, led by expert consultant Ngozi Lyn Cole.

After a successful first phase of consultancy sessions involving clergy, employees, volunteers and parishioners, phase 2 is planned for October 2022 consisting of three EDI ‘learning and development’ sessions taking place over Zoom, with the theme ‘Being the kind of Christians God wants us to be’.

These Zoom sessions will provide a deeper dive into the subjects discussed in the initial consultation sessions, and each session is centred on a different topic, so there is something new to learn from each. They have been scheduled for different times and days of the week to hopefully make at least one session accessible for all.

The sessions are:

  • EDI awareness and language: Thursday 13 October, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
  • Bias: Thursday 20 October, 6.00 – 8.00pm.
  • Inclusion: Tuesday 25 October, 3.30 – 5.30pm.

These sessions will inform the project’s final recommendations to the Bishop and Board of Trustees on the approaches that will best work for increasing awareness of EDI across the Diocese, leading to a detailed action plan.

We would love for you to join us for one of the sessions, or even 2 or 3.

If you would like to take part, please call 0191 243 3301 or email:

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