Uneasy worship

3rd January 1997 at 00:00
Regarding your report (TES, December 20), I can understand the unease among standing advisory councils on religious education (SACREs) about the law on collective worship, and still more with Circular 194, where the definition of worship digs a far deeper hole than is in the 1988 Education Reform Act.

My confidence in SACREs, however, is undermined somewhat when I read such a statement as "It is ridiculous for a daily act of worship to be primarily Christian in a multi-ethnic area."

Christianity is a multi-ethnic faith. Many British citizens of African, Afro-Caribbean and Asian ethnicity are Christians. On a world scale, most Christians are not Caucasian, and it has been truly said that today even the typical Anglican is black and lives in Africa.

The identification of "Christian" and "white" shows profound ignorance of Christianity, and is a slur on many British Christians. Having it made in public on behalf of a SACRE shows that Robert Low's 19th-century statement "Now we must educate our masters" still has enduring force.


94A London Road

St Albans


Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today