Since coming to the UK from Nigeria, Suki and Ade Osunsanmi have been involved in many initiatives which have enabled those of African origin to express their faith culturally whilst also participating in worship in their local churches. Most recently they have set up an African Students Fellowship at the University of Gloucestershire. They also run an open-door house to receive strangers, especially those of ethnic minority background, who may find integration into the culture of our local worshipping communities quite daunting.
Earlier in 2019 Suki and Ade together took on the voluntary role of Diocesan link with the Committee for Minority and Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC). This role involves connecting with Anglicans across the UK who are concerned for the welfare and spirituality of people with minority and ethnic background. Within the Diocese of Gloucester, Suki and Ade hope to encourage people of all cultural groups not only to feel welcome in our worshipping communities but to take full and active part in all aspects of the life of the churches, chaplaincies and fresh expressions. Passionate about this themselves they are available to advise others how best to enable everyone to be and feel included.
During the coming year they hope to take note of who are already members of our diocesan family and what roles they have. Suki and Ade hope that our worshipping communities will begin to reflect better the communities in which we live and work. As a diocese we hope to encourage people of all ethnic cultures to follow their calling and vocation to a variety of roles and leadership. Suki and Ade are able to be consultants encouraging and enabling us all in this endeavour. To contact them please do so through Canon Pauline Godfrey 01452 835548