Nonetheless, this move is probably going to be controversial for literally no reason, as St Albans Cathedral have replaced a painting of a nativity scene with one of the Last Supper, but with a black Jesus.
More or less a spin on the Renaissance painting from Leonardo Da Vinci, this piece comes courtesy of fine art artist Lorna May Wadsworth, who chose to paint a Jamaican-born Jesus.
The chap pointing his finger at Jesus looks like Nabil Fekir and next to him is Todd Cantwell. Actually, all of these guys look like footballers…
Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, made the announcement that the painting would be used, which came after the Archbishop of Canterbury asked the Church of England to reconsider portraying the son of god as white.
The proposal from Justin Welby asked that the church represents Jesus as Black, Chinese and Middle Eastern, in a bid to make Christianity more inclusive and accessible.
In a statement regarding the print of the original artwork, Reverend John said:
“The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise.
“But our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice.
“Black Lives Matter, so this is why we have turned our Altar of the Persecuted into a space for reflection and prayer with Lorna’s altarpiece at the heart“.
The Black Lives Matter movement – while a pity it’s needed – has done some wonderful things for inclusivity in the past few months. There are worries that small, non-tangible changes are being made rather than ones that will see genuine differences are being employed and as Malcolm X once said:
“The white man will try to satisfy us with symbolic victories rather than economic equity and real justice“.
With Disney changing theme park rides and Uncle Ben’s undergoing a rebrand, while genuine equality remains out of reach, it seems like that quote is more relevant than ever.
Still though, it’s nice to see inclusivity in the Church of England.
Images via Lorna May Wadsworth
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow