Statement from the Baptist Union Council of GB
An apology for the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The Baptist Union Council of GB met at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick from the 12-14th Nov 07 and had the Transatlantic Slave Trade as the main focus of its Agenda. After many hours of worship, listening and careful conversation the Council unanimously agreed the historic statement below on the subject.
‘As a Council we have listened to one another, we have heard the pain of hurting sisters and brothers, and we have heard God speaking to us.
In a spirit of weakness, humility and vulnerability, we acknowledge that we are only at the start of a journey, but we are agreed that this must not prevent us speaking and acting at a kairos moment.
Therefore, we acknowledge our share in and benefit from our nation’s participation in the transatlantic slave trade.
We acknowledge that we speak as those who have shared in and suffered from the legacy of slavery, and its appalling consequences for God’s world.
We offer our apology to God and to our brothers and sisters for all that has created and still perpetuates the hurt which originated from the horror of slavery.
We repent of the hurt we have caused the divisions we have created,our reluctance to face up to the sin of the past, our unwillingness to listen to the pain of our black sisters and brothers, and our silence in the face of racism and injustice today.
We commit ourselves, in a true spirit of repentance, to take what we have learned from God in the Council and to share it widely in our Baptist community and beyond, looking for gospel ways by which we can turn the words and feelings we have expressed today into concrete actions and contribute to the prophetic work of God’s coming Kingdom.’
Before traveling to Jamaica, the General Secretary of the BUGB, Rev. Johnathan Edwards was interviewed by the BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) where he shared about the apology and the visit to Jamaica to publicly deliver the apology. Watch the short video below:-