Two centuries ago, black and white abolitionists, many of whom were Christian, fought together against the horrors of slavery, and succeeded in passing a British law halting this barbaric trade. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Churches Together in England have created set all free, a scheme to encourage churches to discuss the issues of past and modern day slavery and continue the struggle to end all slavery.
set all free will be launched with a special Serviceof Commitment from 6 pm Tuesday 6 September 2005, at Holy Trinity, Clapham, London. A special booklet called ‘Setting the Scene’ to go to with the campaign has been created as a user-friendly and informative guide to help churches catch the vision and get involved in slavery issues today.
- set all free, Service of Commitment -
- Holy Trinity Church, ClaphamCommon Northside, London SW4 0QZ
- Tuesday 6 September
- ‘Setting the Scene’ booklet –
- £1.50 (discounted price £1 each for five or more copies)
Sunday 25 March 2007 will be the 200th anniversary of the passing of a British law to halt the transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas, and set all free has been established to inform and inspire churches and secular organisations to continue the work of the original abolitionists.
Following on the heels of recent BBC2 and C4 documentaries on the slave trade and its connection to Britain’s wealth, the project will provide an opportunity for an honest retelling of the history of Britain’s part in the slave trade and a springboard for greater reconciliation and healing between the various racial groups in the UK today.
‘2007 promises to be an historic year and set all free wants to create a greater awareness of the enormity of Transatlantic slavery and encourage Christians today to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors in tackling its legacies and modern day equivalents,’ explains Richard Reddie, Project Director.
‘Tragically, the legacy of slavery still lives on today in racism, underdevelopment and issues of identity,’ continues Richard. ‘Moreover, there are modern forms of slavery which ensnare millions in sex-trafficking, bonded labour and people trafficking, affecting our own communities as well as those further afield. set all free is working in partnerships tobring about a change in attitudes and actions.‘
The Service of Commitment is on Tuesday 6 September from 6–7 pm and will be preceded by a buffet at 5 pm. Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common was the base of the original abolitionists such as William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson.
‘Setting the Scene’ booklet is available at £1.50 (discounted price of £1 each for five or more copies) from CTE, , London , tel. or email
For further information or to attend the buffet please contact Richard Reddie at set all free, telephone or email