PRESS RELEASE; Statement on behalf of faith leaders and faith representatives in Nottingham in regards to George Floyd’s death

Statement in response to the death of George Floyd by Faith Leaders and Faith Representatives of Nottingham  (8th June 2020)

The faith leaders and faith representatives of Nottingham are proud to live, work and worship in this multi-cultural and multi-racial city. Like our partners across all sectors of society, we believe in the intrinsic value of every human being and the dignity that everyone deserves. We believe in justice – which treats each person equally, regardless of their backgroundethnicity or circumstance. 

The events surrounding the death of George Floyd must be vigorously addressed in light of these two aspects – our humanity and justiceOur thoughts go out to his family. The loss of life is not only a tragedy for families – it is a cost to communities. If racism is left unchecked then distrust, fear and resentment are left to breed. 

At the same time as we watch events unfold in the United States, we cannot ignore the inequality and injustice we see in our own society and in our city – or the danger of believing we have had no part in the systems that have caused them

The Nottingham Majority Black Led Church leaders wrote in their statement last Friday, “Sadly, this is just not an isolated incident but the result of decades of structural racism. This awful act of brutality strengthens our resolve as communities that the scourge of racism and hatred cannot be tolerated or ignored by any of us in our society.” We encourage all Nottingham citizens to read their statement and respond to their call to action.

As faith leaders and representatives of multi-faith Nottingham we commit ourselves and our communities to teaching, prayer and the peaceful, but purposeful, pursuit of equality and justice

We stand together. We will not stand alone. 

Signatories

Bilquees Akbar – Nottingham Council of Mosques

Pastor Dr Ezekiel Alawale  – Chairperson Majority Black Led Churches Nottingham and Pastor of God’s Vineyard Church Nottingham. 

Rev Andy Chislett-McDonald on behalf of the Superintendent Ministers of the Nottingham Methodist churches

Pastor Clive Foster – The Pilgrim Church Nottingham 

Aled Griffiths – Nottingham City Prayer

Roy Hampton – Nottingham Quakers

Dr Musharaf Hussain OBE DL – Karimia Institute

Saccanama on behalf of the Council of the Nottingham Buddhist Centre

Dr Irfan Malik – Ahmadiyya Muslim Association

GurcharanManku – Ramgarhia Sabha Nottingham

Right Reverend Patrick McKinney – Bishop of Nottingham, on behalf of the Catholic community in Nottingham and the East Midlands

Rev. Loraine N Mellor – Chair Nottingham and Derby Methodist District.

Godfrey Nix & Liz Wiggins – Nottingham Baha’i Community

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich – Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

BishopPanganiThipa- Calvary Family Church Nottingham

Right Revd Paul Williams – Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham (Church of England)

Venerable Phil Williams – Archdeacon of Nottingham (Southwell & Nottingham)

John & Debby Wright – Senior Pastors, Trent Vineyard, Nottingham & National Directors, Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland
Click here to read the Joint statement from the Nottingham Majority Black Led Church Leaders in response to the death of George Floyd
Friday 5th June 2020

CONTACT For more information – Venerable Phil Williams (Archdeacon of Nottingham) – Faith Representative on ONE Nottingham