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Theologians to examine 'resistance and revolt' against slave trade
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, mainly from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean will gather in the country where nearly one million Africans and later indentured servants from Asia were exploited as human commodities and many more transited on their often deadly passage into slavery. Ekklesia 

Commemoration remembers millions of Africans who died as slaves
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. Sixty theologians, church leaders, social scientists and social and cultural activists from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America are meeting in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, from 10 to 14 December 2007 for the international conference. Ekklesia

UK 'has 5,000 child prostitutes'
There are 5,000 prostitutes under the age of 18 in the UK, according to a charity report. Save the
Children's figures suggest three-quarters of these are girls, and 1.8 million children are being abused in the sex industry across the world. The report, marking 200 years since the end of the British slave trade, says 1.2 million children and babies are trafficked every year worldwide. The gangs involved make an annual £15bn profit, the charity says.
See the full story on BBC website published 23 August 2007

Scottish Churches call on Gordon Brown to address legacies of the Slave Trade, 18 June 2007

400 people from across Scotland and beyond attended the Scottish Churches' National Ecumenical Service at the David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, on Saturday 16th June. The congregation included members of Scotland's traditional churches and of the increasing number of black majority churches within the country.

Over 200 walk to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade, Sunday 25 March 2007
Amidst bright spring sunshine, over 200 people walked from Musselburgh to Inveresk Lodge Gardens to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The event organised by Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) in conjunction with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) symbolically re-enacted the journey of Robert Wedderburn, the son of James Wedderburn, the owner of Inveresk House and a slave maid on one of his Jamaican plantations.  Professor Geoff Palmer, a member of the ACTS 2007 working group, explained to the walkers that Robert came to Musselburgh in 1795 to visit his father... read more here
For pictures from the walk click here

Service to Commemorate the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act
, Westminster Abbey. Tuesday 27 March 2007.
Eleven Scots, church leaders, members of the Scottish Churches Forum, members of the ACTS 2007 working group and staff,  travelled to London for the Westminster Abbey, service to commemorate the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The service had been organised by Set All Free a coalition brought together by Churches Together in England of groups and agencies who wished to mark the bicentenary within a Christian ethos. ACTS is a member of the coalition.

Remembering fight to end slavery, Evening News, 26 March 07
Communities minister Rhona Brankin praised the Scots who helped end the slave trade in Britain, after taking part in a march in Musselburgh to mark the 200th anniversary of its abolition. Ms Brankin joined church leaders and politicians in a walk from the town centre to Inveresk Lodge, the former home of plantation owner James Wedderburn. Ms Brankin praised the courage of those who helped bring about the abolition of slavery. She said: "Many of those were Scots, and 200 years on from the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, we should remember the vital contribution they made."

The last ever slaves to be sold in Greenock? Churches in Greenock mark the Bicentenary

Abolished trade that still thrives. They marched in solemn procession through the streets of our towns and cities

Glasgow's dark secret, Scotsman 20 March, 07
... Glasgow's port, unlike Leith or Aberdeen, provided a direct shipping route to America and the Caribbean. Through this port, slavery would eventually touch all of the country, as wealthy families from other parts of Scotland married into the trade, or travelled from Glasgow to run the plantations themselves. ..

Slavery has not yet been abolished, say archbishops, Ekklesia
, 17 March, 07
Forsaking the formalities of officialdom in their attempt to reach a new audience, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have gone online to talk about the nature of the slave trade in readiness for the Walk of Witness to take place in London on Saturday 24 March 2007. They highlight those elements of slavery that have not yet been ended - including the debt burden on the poorest and sex trafficking. The joint reflection has been posted on YouTube and is also accessible through the Archbishop of Canterbury's web site. It was filmed at the site of the Slave Market in Zanzibar, now the island’s Anglican Cathedral, during the recent Anglican Primates Meeting - where the media focus had been more on the church's row over sexuality.

Scottish churches are invited to join in the Abolition Walk, 1 March 2007
Action of Churches Together in Scotland, confirmed that a Commemoration Walk to mark the Bi-Centenary of the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 will take place on Sunday the 25th of March in Musselburgh, exactly 200 years from the day the Abolition Act was passed.

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