Candle of Justice: a moment of action on 25 May

Churches will join together to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking action.

Update: Read our report reflecting on the #CandleOfJustice.

Join Churches Together in England on 25 May 2021 for #CandleOfJustice: a moment of action – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

The #CandleOfJustice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.

“Marking a year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, the #CandleOfJustice initiative provides a timely moment for us to come together in prayer and reflection, with a determination to each do all we can to stand for racial justice,” says Rev Dr Lurliene Miller, co-chair of the Churches Together in England (CTE) Racial Justice Working Group and vice-chair of CTE’s Trustees.

“The unity of God’s church is powerful, and we’re so encouraged to see churches committing to working together to tackle racial injustice. I’d encourage Christians and churches up and down the country to get involved, lighting their candle and praying the #CandleOfJustice prayer at noon on Tuesday 25 May.”
Reflecting on this anniversary, Bishop Mike Royal, a member of CTE’s Racial Justice Working Group and the CTE Pentecostal and Charismatic Forum says: “The anniversary of the death of George Floyd is a moment to lament. It is also a moment for the church to reflect on how far we have come and how far we need go in the journey towards racial justice, both here in the UK and around the globe.”  

Later that evening, there will then be an opportunity to join churches across the nation for Doing Justice: A National Service of Reflection on the Anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. The service, hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, airs at 7pm and can be watched on CTBI’s Youtube channel. BBC Radio 4 will subsequently broadcast the service at 8.10am on Sunday 30 May for its Sunday Worship programme. The BBC Local Radio Sunday Service on Sunday 30 May will also be a special service led by Richard Reddie from CTBI, broadcast at 8.00am on all 39 BBC Local Radio Stations.

Join in

Follow these five simple steps for how you and your church can get involved in the national #CandleOfJustice campaign on 25 May:

1. At noon, pause for one minute to remember George Floyd and all those who experience racism

2. Light your candle (or alternatively shine a light from your phone)

3. Pray using the Candle of Justice prayer

4. Pause, reflect and make a personal commitment to tackling racial injustice

5. Share on social media – upload your candle photo or share the Candle of Justice prayer graphic. Remember to use the hashtag #CandleOfJustice and tag in @ChurchesEngland  

*Safety note – please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle. If you are able to use a small electric ‘candle’ instead, that will be safe to leave unattended.

Watch – an invitation to join the #CandleOfJustice prayers from CTE Pentecostal President Pastor Agu Irukwu:

Resources to download and share

Candle of Justice prayer

Candle of justice prayer text with a candle image

Candle of Justice prayer

O Lord, you are a God of justice –
may we share your passion for justice,
which can be seen throughout the Bible.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
enable us to stand up for justice
and stand against intolerance.
Thank you that you love each person,
made in the image of God.
Change our hearts to see others as you do.
Allow our hearts to break over the sin of racism,
and our lament to turn into righteous action.

This prayer was written by CTBI’s Director of Inclusion Richard Reddie, and CTE’s Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations Shermara Fletcher.

Daily prayers for racial justice

To mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, CTE will also be sharing daily prayers on racial justice from our Member Churches from Sunday 23 to Sunday 30 May.

The daily prayers can be found on our website, and will also be made available to share on our social media channels Twitter and Facebook (search @ChurchesEngland).

Churches are committed to work together for racial justice  

Churches are committed to working together on the journey of seeking racial justice – both within our churches and in wider society – and a number of ecumenical initiatives have gathered pace in recent months.

This includes the establishment of CTE’s Racial Justice Working Group. This group brings together racial justice representatives from across CTE’s 50 Member Churches, along with CTE trustees, a representative from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), and others with specialist skills and knowledge.  Find out more in our web story.