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#CandleOfJustice: a moment of action on 25 May

19 May 2021

“Marking a year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, the #CandleOfJustice initiative provides a timely moment for us to come together in prayer and reflection, with a determination to each do all we can to stand for racial justice,” says Rev Dr Lurliene Miller, co-chair of the Churches Together in England (CTE) Racial Justice Working Group and vice-chair of CTE’s Trustees.

“The unity of God’s church is powerful, and we’re so encouraged to see churches committing to working together to tackle racial injustice.

“I’d encourage Christians and churches up and down the country to get involved, lighting their candle and praying the #CandleOfJustice prayer at noon on Tuesday 25 May.”

Reflecting on this anniversary, Bishop Mike Royal, a member of CTE’s Racial Justice Working Group and the CTE Pentecostal and Charismatic Forum says:

“The anniversary of the death of George Floyd is a moment to lament. It is also a moment for the church to reflect on how far we have come and how far we need go in the journey towards racial justice, both here in the UK and around the globe.”

Later that evening, there will then be an opportunity to join churches across the nation for Doing Justice: A National Service of Reflection on the Anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. The service, hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, airs at 7pm and can be watched on CTBI's Youtube channel. BBC Radio 4 will subsequently broadcast the service at 8.10am on Sunday 30 May for its Sunday Worship programme. The BBC Local Radio Sunday Service on Sunday 30 May will also be a special service led by Richard Reddie from CTBI, broadcast at 8.00am on all 39 BBC Local Radio Stations.