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Ghost Ship: Institutional racism and the Church of England. Book launch and discussion with The Revd. Azariah France-Williams

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Guild is delighted to host The Revd Azariah France-Williams for an online book launch. During the event, Azariah will speak about his new book and take your questions. The event will be hosted by Guild CEO The Revd Dr Gillian Straine. Register for your free ticket, and information about logging into the online webinar will follow closer to the event.

About the Book

The Church is very good at saying all the right things about racial equality. But the reality is that the institution has utterly failed to back up these good intentions with demonstrable efforts to reform. It is a long way from being a place of black flourishing.

Through conversation with clergy, lay people and campaigners in the Church of England, A.D.A France-Williams issues a stark warning to the church, demonstrating how black and brown ministers are left to drown in a sea of complacency and collusion.

While sticking plaster remedies abound, A.D.A France-Williams argues that what is needed is a wholesale change in structure and mindset.

Unflinching in its critique of the church, Ghost Ship explores the harrowing stories of institutional racism experienced then and now, within the Church of England.

Far from being an issue which can be solved by simply recruiting more black and brown clergy, says France-Williams, structural racism requires a wholesale dismantling and reassembling of the ship – before it is too late.


“Although the subtitle of France-Williams’ new book is ‘Institutional Racism and the Church of England,’ make no mistake:—here is a powerful and provocative word to people on both sides of the ocean, wherever racial injustice is found. It’s impossible to turn the pages of Ghost Ship and not find yourself challenged to turn the nightmare around us into God’s dream of a better world.” — The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

“France-Williams employs a formidable range of approaches – among them testimony, academic categories, careful research, interviews, anecdote, poetry, humour, parody, exegesis and close reading – to mount a compelling and urgent argument for the church’s institutional and personal failure to receive the gift the Holy Spirit in the lives, bodies and callings of its BAME witnesses. Most of all he models prophetic ministry: pleading, portraying, persuading and ultimately inspiring the church that has caused so much hurt and grief but that despite all he still bravely loves. This is a testament of truth; and an epistle of power.” —Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin in the Fields


September 9
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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