Lincoln cathedral is leading the way for the diocese
Lincoln’s work on modern slavery has predominantly been led by the Cathedral, which has hosted high profile events bringing together the church, businesses, and a variety of statutory agencies, to see how they can work together to end modern slavery in their communities. The cathedral has a particular interest in rural slavery due to the geography and industry of the diocese.
Christine Wilson, the Dean of Lincoln, has been central to the diocese’s work in addressing modern slavery. Dean Christine has worked to spread the word throughout diocesan structures, and also represents the diocese on the local anti-slavery partnership.
The cathedral has hosted a range of exciting and high-profile awareness raising events, including:
- A modern slavery summit, held in 2018, aimed at exploring community and pastoral responses to modern slavery and vulnerable people in rural areas. Speakers included Bishop Alastair Redfern, executives from the food industry, and experts in partnership working and the church response to modern slavery.
- A second event in 2018, intended to specifically address rural slavery, a key issue in the diocese.
- The National Crime Agency’s powerful and haunting ‘Invisible People’ exhibition was displayed outside the cathedral on the Dean’s Green for Anti-Slavery Day 2020.
- The cathedral lit up in red for Anti-Slavery Day 2021 to send the message that slavery must stop.
Providing a safe space for the vulnerable
The cathedral is currently exploring how it can offer a safe space for anyone in need of help, including potential victims of modern slavery and exploitation. From its prominent position above Lincoln, the cathedral hopes that anyone who wants help can find their way there and access support. This initiative is linked into The Clewer Initiative’s victim support pilot project.