New moderator for churches racial justice commission
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), the body through which most major Churches work together, today announced that the Revd Myra Blyth will be the next Moderator of its Commission for Racial Justice (CCRJ).
She succeeds the Rt Revd Roger Sainsbury, retired Anglican Bishop of Barking.
The Moderatorís is a key post in providing the public face of the Commission.
Myra Blyth, who completes her term as Deputy General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain later this year, will take up office in January.
Ms Blyth brings to the role her experience of four years based in Geneva as Director of Inter-Church Aid and Refugee World Service from 1995, and before that five years as European Secretary for Inter-Church Aid.
As Moderator-elect the Revd Myra Blyth said: "I consider it an enormous privilege to be asked to serve as moderator of the Churchesí Commission for Racial Justice."
"The CCRJ has an outstanding record in advocacy, education, solidarity and practical action alongside victims of racism. I totally support the comprehensive approach CCRJ adopts and believe that at such a time as this, when Churches can be very prepossessed with questions of institutional survival, it is so important that we do not take our eyes off some of the key challenges in the Churchesí mission."
"By celebrating the richness of ethnic and cultural diversity; by praying for and struggling in solidarity with victims of racism; by lobbying government ministers regarding the treatment of asylum seekers; and by challenging the culture of racism inside all institutions including the Church, CCRJ is enabling the Churches in a holistic way, to demonstrate commitment to eradicating racism in our time. I look forward, in my new capacity to working with and fully supporting the staff of the commission and its members."
Secretary of CCRJ, the Revd Arlington Trotman said: "I am delighted, of course, by the appointment of the Revd Myra Blyth as the next Moderator CCRJ. She will bring a wealth of national and international experience of Churches working together, and a clear commitment to the struggle for justice not only as a biblical and theological imperative, but also as a practical component of the Churchesí mission in Britain and the wider world."
Acting Moderator and Vice Moderator of Churchesí Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Pat White, said: "I warmly welcome the appointment of Revd Myra Blyth to the moderatorship of CCRJ. Her wide experience, tried and tested theological skill and a clear understanding of the ecumenical structure could be well deployed in CCRJ in the coming years."