Emerging Theologies and Faith Responses to Modern Slavery
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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) are global crimes impacting local communities. Vulnerable people are exploited through labour, sex and forced criminality. Churches and communities are increasingly encountering these victims and survivors, and consequently need to develop more effective engagement. The book will highlight that churches and communities are in a unique position to partner towards slavery-free communities.
Beginning with the narratives of survivors who experienced three different forms of MSHT, including labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic exploitation, the book then shows how practitioners and theologians respond to these narratives through exploring theologies of suffering, ecology, missiology, restorative justice, trinitarian theology and liberation theology.
Offering faith responses from organisations such The Salvation Army, The Clewer Initiative, BMS World Mission and Rene Cassin the volume also includes a final resource section with prayers and liturgy for survivors and victims as well as for church and community responses.
The book includes a forward by the Rt Hon Theresa May MP and an opening prayer by the Most Revd Justin Welby
"This collection of essays explores how faith can inspire, guide, and sustain our response to modern slavery. It also helps us see those who are affected by modern slavery as people who are loved by God and have a unique dignity. I would encourage any person of faith who wants to think more about how their congregation can work towards slavery-free communities to read this book." -- Caroline Virgo, Director, The Clewer Initiative (The Church of England’s response to modern slavery)
“This fine collection of essays is a timely response from practitioners and theologians to the disturbing phenomenon of modern slavery…Dan Pratt and his team of writers have provided a remarkable resource which should inform and shape our engagement with one of our age’s most awful abuses” -- Robert Ellis, Regents Park College, UK
"This collection of thoughtful and informative contributions powerfully make the case for the role of faith communities in our work to eradicate slavery and trafficking. It anchors this work in holy text, provides inspiring examples of what can be done and listens with compassion to the voices of survivors. This book will move you to action and prayer for those who are oppressed by the greatest human rights abuse of our time." -- Dame Sarah Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, UK
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