An ecumenical Christian commemoration of the millions of Africans who died in the barbaric cruelty of the transatlantic slave trade is also highlighting the continuing oppression of their descendants around the world.
The legacies of the slave trade, and how churches can respond to past and present forms of slavery, will be discussed at a conference next week in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. About sixty theologians, church leaders, social scientists and activists, will gather in the country
Britain’s black communities have still to throw off the mentality of slavery and need to invest in the future of its young people and rediscover their self-confidence, leading US civil rights campaigner the Rev Jesse Jackson says.
Methodism in Britain will focus its attention on Wales next month, as Cardiff hosts the annual Methodist Youth Conference from 16-18 November 2007 in the new Urdd Centre in the Bay area - where BBC TV series Doctor Who is based.
Leaders of the world's biggest grouping of Reformed churches have compared the effects of neoliberal economic globalisation to the transatlantic slave trade, and said that Christians need to combat this modern form of "enslavement".
Gene Robinson, an openly gay US Anglican bishop whose 2003 consecration has deeply divided worldwide Anglican Communion, says African critics who describe homosexuals as "worse than beasts" are using the kind of language once employed in the United States to justify slavery.
The official ecumenical body Action of Churches Together in Scotland is holding a national service this weekend at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, to commemorate the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.
David Ford says that slavery is still very much alive, and that the systems and ideas that underpin it also challenge the church's deep collusion with racism - and its unwillingness to be grasped by the Gospel.