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Jamaican appointed as Church of England’s Racial Justice Director

Rev. Dr. Evie Vernon O’Brien, hailing from St. James, Jamaica has been chosen as the new racial justice director for the Church of England in the West Midlands.

Scheduled to assume her new responsibilities in July, O’Brien will oversee six dioceses: Birmingham, Coventry, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, and Worcester.

Leading the charge for racial justice

In her upcoming role, O’Brien will spearhead a team tasked with supporting each diocese in their efforts to advance racial justice.

This mission will involve examining cultural norms, organizational practices, and policies to ensure alignment with the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

A manifestation of commitment

Reflecting on her appointment, O’Brien emphasized the imperative of addressing societal inequities.

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O’Brien expressed her conviction that the collaborative effort of the six dioceses to establish a dedicated unit for racial justice underscores their steady dedication to their mission as disciples of Jesus.

A journey of service

O’Brien’s journey in service and ministry spans several decades. Initially ordained as a deaconess in the 1980s, she later relocated to the UK.

There, she assumed leadership roles, including directorship of the Selly Oak Center for Mission Studies and serving as a theological advisor at USPG, an Anglican mission agency.

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Additionally, O’Brien has contributed her expertise to initiatives such as the Catholic AIDS Prevention and Support.

Rev. Dr. Evie Vernon O’Brien’s appointment heralds a significant stride in the Church of England’s commitment to fostering racial justice and inclusivity within its ranks and the wider community.