Could you Pray for Anti-Slavery Day?
Praying for the Slavery in our City
Monday 18th October, around the world is marked as International Anti-Slavery Day.
Anti-Slavery Day is a good a reminder to us all that slavery still exists and is still an affront to us all, including God.
That’s as much true in London as anywhere else.
Can you Pray?
We are calling churches across the Diocese to pray on Sunday 17th October.
To facilitate this, the Bishop of London, Right Revd Sarah Mullally has recorded a prayer that can be used in church services, onsite and online. It’s 2 minutes 20 seconds long and the link is below.
Please do encourage your church, and those others around you to pray on this day for those who are enslaved in our city; those who are rebuilding their lives having escaped slavery; and those who are supporting and caring for them.
A text version of the prayer to download and read is below.
Want to know more?
For many people, the fact there are slaves in our city is a shock.
But as Bishop Sarah prays, people are being exploited ‘in plain sight’: from nail bars, to car washes; from factories and warehouses to brothels and even on the street.
If you would like to find out more about Modern Slavery and how we can as Christians challenge and tackle it, The Clewer Initiative work within the Church of England to do just that.
They have a wide range of other resources for churches, specifically for Anti-Slavery Day.
They are also hosting the National Church of England service on 17th October, and will be broadcast at 9am on their YouTube Channel here.
- Check out their “Ordinary Activists” campaign of some inspiring stories of ordinary Christians who are taking action against Modern Slavery.
The Diocese of London works closely with The Clewer.
We’re planning to run their excellent Hidden Voices course in February & March 2022.
Its’ a 4 session action-focused course, designed to help churches and communities respond to modern slavery.
If you are interested in joining us, let us know here.
There are many churches across the Diocese who are at the front line of this: modern slavery victims often attend foodbanks, clothing banks, night shelters and soup kitchens. If you volunteer at any of these places, you may well have encountered someone who is enslaved.
Other churches in London run amazing projects to support those who have been trafficked and those who have escaped.
They offer practical support, love and care as those who are vulnerable and had their lives controlled learn to live in freedom.
Marking Anti-Slavery Day: Art is Freedom
One such church in Hounslow has offered it’s space and volunteers to partner with charity Hestia, to run workshops and therapy for survivors of Modern Slavery.
One workshop has been run by a church member who’s also an artist, and the art that the Modern Slavery Survivors have created is being displayed as a public art exhibition to mark Anti Slavery Day.
“Art is Freedom” is an outdoor exhibition, organised by Hestia.
It is being displayed in Paternoster Square, just outside St Paul’s Cathedral from 18th -23rd October 2021 & is free to go and look round.
All the art has been created in the church in Hounslow, by artists who have experienced slavery, and Bishop Sarah will open the exhibition on Monday 18th October.
So if you are in Central London next week, why not try and pop along and see it as a way of marking Anti-Slavery day?
More information on Art Is Freedom, including a map of where to find it is here.