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Women, Slavery and the Church

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The University of Liverpool’s Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), in collaboration with the Church of England Racial Justice Unit (CoERJU), is bringing together community researchers, academics and theologians to uncover the historic role of the Church in enslavement and the lasting legacies of this violent past.

Together, they are working on the production of a collaborative online seminar series ‘Truth Telling: Slavery and the Anglican Church’.

This series will enable the CoERJU to build an online repository of research and knowledge on this topic open to all. Its inaugural panel, ‘People not Property, Names not Numbers’, explored the relationship between the Anglican Church and slavery in terms of involvement, financial benefit and the impact on religious teachings. You can access a video recording here.

The second panel in this series of online discussions, entitled ‘Women, Slavery and the Church’. This event will take place online, on Monday 13 May, 4.30 – 6pm.  You can get your free ticket here.

The second  seminar will consider specifically the role of women as enslavers/beneficiaries of African enslavement and their links to the Anglican Church, including religious justification for keeping African-descended people enslaved. It will focus on women as resistors/rebels against slavery (including as Church leaders); and how women, especially Black women, are viewed in the Church today as a result of slavery.

This recorded webinar discussion will be moderated by the Director of the International Slavery Museum, Michelle Charters, who will be joined by the following panel of esteemed speakers, Professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (UC Berkeley), Fiona Compton (Know Your Caribbean), and Chine McDonald (Theos).

Following the presentations by the speakers, Michelle Charters will moderate an audience Q&A, sparking further dialogue around this important topic.