Slavery- In Jersey, The Church and The Bible
A Theological Response to "Human Trade"
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"Slaves, obey your masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free." - Ephesians 6:5-8
There is no CHOW this Wednesday 17 July, because Business Connect is proud to host another high profile Forum event in the Town Hall, on Friday 19 July. The event is called Human Trade and it looks at the modern day issue of people trafficking from a political, social and human rights perspective. We hope all of our CHOW regulars will come along to this event, which promises to be an important one.
You can register your free place for this event here
CHOW resumes on Wednesday 24 July with a break from our Kingdom of God series to respond to the issues raised at Human Trade. Tim Nash and Simon Nash join forces to lead a theological response to the issues raised at the Town Hall.
The discussion on the 24th will be open and wide ranging, and will include some controversial issues such as:
• Slavery in Jersey. We all know about the slave labour that took place in the Channel Islands during 1940-45, but what was Jersey's role in the transatlantic slave trade of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries? Which Jersey families claimed compensation from the British Crown for loss of their human assets upon the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire?
• Slavery in the Church of England. Which Church of England missionary organisation kept a slave foundation in Barbados? How long did they operate it and with what word did they brand their slaves?
• Slavery and the Bible. The above verse from Ephesians was cited, alongside a few others by Christians who fought vociferously to retain slavery both in Britain and the United States. How can what is sometimes called the "plain reading" of scripture, lead to an approach to ethics that is completely unchristian? What parallels are there today in which this approach to the ancient text perpetuates injustice in Jesus' name?
It promises to be a robust and collegiate discussion on a topic with serious implications. We hope to see you there.