Worcester Cathedral shines a light on modern slavery
The Clewer Initiative
The team at the Cathedral has organised four events to help people understand more about modern slavery in the region and what they can do to make a difference.
- a seminar on “A Christian consumer’s response to Modern Slavery” – the talk and discussion will be led by Simon John, a supporter of Anti-Slavery International and global secretary of RAGAS, the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery
- an online prayer group
- a Cathedral service where Bishop Alastair Redfern (Chair of The Clewer Initiative) will preach
- a seminar by Lys Ford (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) covering the methodology of modern slavery (recruitment, control, and the difficulties that victims have in being identified), what signs to look for in business and in rural communities, how to manage and be aware of the potential risk to agricultural businesses, and what we can do collectively as a community.
The Rev'd Canon Dr Stephen Edwards, Residentiary Canon at Worcester Cathedral, explains: “As part of the Cathedral’s charitable giving in 2020, we supported the Mothers’ Union campaign against modern slavery. We felt it was vitally important we follow up our giving by learning more about the complex and horrific effects of exploitation, particularly within our region.
“Many people are unaware of the problems of modern slavery in their own community, especially in rural areas, and through this awareness week, we hope to learn about the issue and how we can play our part in preventing it. St Wulftsan, the Bishop of Worcester in the 11th century, was influential in ending the slave trade in Bristol at that time, so we are inspired to continue in his footsteps and pursue a ministry of justice and compassion.”
The Cathedral is teaming up with the Chaplaincy for Agricultural and Rural Life and Transforming Communities Together to organise further events in a few months’ time to coincide with Harvest.
To find out more or sign up to attend an event, please visit www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/community/environment-social-action/modern-slavery-awareness