The call by the progressive New Generation Network for a better debate on race and faith issues, in the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Race Relations Act, has been backed by Simon Barrow of the UK Christian think tank Ekklesia, among others.
Says Ekklesia‚Äôs Simon Barrow: ‚ÄúI have signed this manifesto as one voice among many. Ekklesia has long called on the churches to stop defending their privileges, and to recover a radical tradition of justice, equality and peace-building alongside others. We need to renew the transformative voice within all traditions, both religious and non-religious, and to develop a broad concept of civil society beyond ‚Äòthe great and the good‚Äô which dominates government thinking.‚Äù
He added: ‚ÄúThis is New Generation Network‚Äôs initiative, not ours. But we are happy to back it. Like New Generation Network, Ekklesia doesn‚Äôt try to speak on behalf of others, but to encourage better conversation and debate through new approaches to tired issues.‚Äù