|Abolition of the Trade Act|
The Council of Black Led Churches (CBLC) and Birmingham Churches Together (BCT) will be hosting a special commemorative service to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807.†
The event takes place on Sunday 25th March 2007 at the Bethel Convention centre, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich.† Key civic, political and community leaders from the West Midlands region are expected to be in attendance.
|Breaking the chains|
The event will be led by Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, Chair of the Council of Black Led Churches.
Commencing with a traditional time of praise and worship the eclectic programme will† include music from award-winning gospel Birmingham based artist Witness; a drama written and performed by Kajans Youth Group, and a special keynote address from Rev Dr Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK.
Bishop Aldred says: "This date is significant as it is the day on which the Parliamentary bill became the Act to abolish the Slave Trade in the British Empire.† It marked the beginning of the end of slavery as it was being practiced at the time.†
"Sadly, contemporary forms of slavery persists today, which reminds us that our work of liberating the oppressed is not done. All forms of human enslavement must be challenged and eradicated so that every human being anywhere in the world can live in dignity, prosperity and wholeness."
The theme of the event will be to 'remember, reflect and respond.'†
VENUE: Bethel Convention Centre
DATE: Sunday 25th March 2007
START TIME: 6pm
GUEST SPEAKER: Revd Dr Joel Edwards
PERFORMING ARTISTS: Witness and Kajans Youth Group
TICKET PRICE: £5
Contact Information: David King (Tel: 0121 200 2283) or Revd Beverley Theodore (Tel: 0121 236 3001)Email: firstname.lastname@example.org