Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group

The Church of Scotland is forming an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group as we strive to shape strategies and tailored projects fit for the whole Church in this very important area.

This group’s focus will be to ensure that the culture, policies and practices of the Church reflect our values in general, and the values of equality and inclusion in particular, based on the “protected characteristics” set out in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation).

What are we looking for?

Members, those who attend and leaders from across the Church with an interest and/or expertise in developing new tools and equipping the Church as a whole to meet this challenge. We also want to prioritise those who are most likely to be affected directly by this initiative.

We need people committed to trying and testing new methods as well as those with a clear commitment to the values of equality and diversity within the particular context of the Church of Scotland.

The projects we will develop will cover a broad range of issues, from our buildings, to worship to specific policy areas.

Specific Criteria

In order to get a spread of different types of experience, knowledge, interest and expertise we are looking for applicants who fulfil two out of the three from the following criteria:

  1. Lived experience with a protected characteristic in a Church setting
  2. Key skills and experience that can be applied to equality and inclusion: policy development and implementation, advocacy for marginalised groups and individuals, direct community engagement (this could be through voluntary or professional outreach eg. foodbanks, running ESL classes, employability programmes or youth work etc.)
  3. Work within a key area of influence within the Church to help shape projects and policy and implementation in light of how they might impact or be received in this area. Key areas we are looking for: The Guild, parishes in Priority Areas, Presbyteries, youth sector.

What is expected of you?

  • Availability for Meetings (six per year). Key dates for your diary will be our two consensus building half days: 20 January 9:00-12:30 and 8 February 12:00-3:30. These will be facilitated discussions to set our purpose, agree on applied understandings within equality and inclusion and begin forming our identity as a group.
  • Potential (non-mandatory) participation in a smaller working group which will be attached to smaller time bound projects. These groups will contain people from outside the core Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group so your role will be to contribute to the work and report back to the core group on progress or with recommendations.
  • Willingness to implement change in an area of influence or draw on relevant experience/expertise to help the group do its work
  • Perform tasks where necessary in accordance with their capacity
  • Demonstrable commitment to an agreed working style (formed by the group) and to the values of equality and inclusion
  • Term length is up to four years though can flexible on a case by case basis.

How to apply

Email khunter@churchofscotland.org.uk with an expression of interest and how you meet two of the criteria outlined. If you are unsure of whether you do then we would be happy to have a conversation with you to clarify anything you may have a question about.

Deadline: 12 January

Please ensure you keep 20 Jan (9-12:30) and 8 Feb (12-3:30) free in your diary when considering participating in this group.