Bristol: churches to hold harbourside service marking abolition of slave trade

 Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, will be addressing a special ecumenical service this Sunday in Bristol harbourside Cathedral, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slave trade act which became law on 25 March 1807 Leaders from all Bristol's main churches will be taking part. Dr Anthony Reddie, a distinguished writer of black theology and Bishop Declan will contribute addresses. Gospel choirs will lead the worship and a solemn procession will bring ocean water up from the harbour to the accompaniment of traditional music. The band of the Royal Marines will be on the harbourside reminding us of their role on the high seas enforcing the 1807 abolition of the slave trade. In the years before 1807 one ship a week left Bristol to engage in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the city grew rich as a result. A diocesan spokesman said: "The struggle to end the slave trade was a cause of division amongst the churches. Many in Bristol would say that this commemoration and recognition is well overdue. It is therefore fitting that this people's service should take place in the harbourside Cathedral of Bristol with and act of recognition including water from the ocean. "The Bishop of Bristol, Right Reverend Mike Hill, will draw everyone into a closing Act of Resolve as we stand together seeking justice in our city and divided world." Entrance is by ticket which are free and obtained by calling 0117 922 3686 or visiting the Colston Hall ticket office in Bristol. Source: Clifton Diocese

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