On Sunday 11th February 2024, we mark the annual ‘Racial Justice Sunday’ at our 10:30am Eucharist. The service will include readings, prayers and music appropriate for the day, and Bradford Cathedral Lay Canon Terry Henry will be preaching the sermon.
Racial Justice Sunday has been observed since 1995, and this year explores the movement of people from their homelands to the places they now call home, and examine the motivations behind this movement – the journeys made, and the reception or welcome received on arrival. You can find out more about Racial Justice Sunday online.
We caught up with Canon Terry ahead of the service to find out what to expect on Sunday.
Could you briefly introduce yourself, your work in Bradford, and your role in Bradford / at the Cathedral?
I go by the name Terry or TJ. I’m married to Meg and I’m blessed with 3 wonderful adult children who I’m very proud of. I work as an ‘Organisation Development Facilitator’ with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust. (The role is about building the capability of the organisation’s leaders and managers to deliver the organisation’s vision & strategy, in harmony together).
My title at the Cathedral is ‘Lay Canon’ – I’m still exploring what this means in practice. I’m vice-chair of Trustees at Fountains Church where I’m a church member. I’m also part of the leadership of U:nite, which works with young people across our churches in Bradford.
You are preaching the sermon at our Racial Justice Sunday. What will you be covering?
Wait and see! 😉
I will touch on how racism and racist attitudes are wholly incompatible with being a Christian, as our role model, Jesus, demonstrated so clearly.
Why is it important to mark Racial Justice Sunday?
Just like “Lest we forget”, when we think of remembrance services for those who have died in wars and conflicts. It’s important that we don’t forget that racism and racial injustices of any kind should not be tolerated. That, as Christians we want to stand together in prayer and practical action, against all forms of racism and its ensuing effects in terms of injustice, persecution, poverty and war. It should be a part of our DNA. Having a yearly reminder can help us to “check in on how we’re doing” – both inside and outside the church.
Finally, you’re a keen hiker. Where is the best place you have gone?
I had a memorable hike in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah in the USA. But closer to home, I enjoy walking the 3 peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough-Did all 3 in a day, in Sept 2020). I also enjoy walking up ‘Simon’s Seat’ which has a wonderful panoramic view of the Yorkshire Dales.
All are welcome to join us for the ‘Racial Justice Sunday’ service on Sunday 11th February 2024 at 10:30am. The service will also be streamed online.