At Diocesan Synod on 1 December 2018, Bishop Sarah announced that Modern Day Slavery would be the focus for the 2019 Lent Appeal.
This will build on the work of the Clewer Initiative, part of the national church’s approach to eradicating modern day slavery which was launched by Archbishop Justin in October 2017. It rightly calls for a community wide response to modern slavery – developing partnerships between the Church, statutory and non-statutory agencies to create a network of advocates seeking to end Modern Day Slavery.
As Bishop Sarah explained
There are at least 40 million victims of modern day slavery in the world today, and tens of thousands in the UK. In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, in a capital city heralded for its history and culture, modern slavery is thriving. Thousands are forced into domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation in plain sight of Londoners, and many more are at risk of falling through the cracks, hidden from the view of the authorities, charities and the church. Behind those statistics there are real people. Whether it be a woman or girl trafficked to work in the illegal sex trade, a man forced to work on a construction site or a child married against their will, none are free.
Micah tells us that “he has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” This may be the best-known passage from the book of Micah – it is full of words and phrases that occur throughout scripture: justice, love, kindness, a walk with God. We should bear this in mind, that life can be safely travelled only if it is made “with God.”
For this Lent Appeal, we will be partnering with 5 charities that are already working to end Modern Day Slavery in London:
All do equally incredible work, and we are asking all our parishes to prayerfully consider how we as a Diocese can join together and raise awareness of an issue that is ‘Hidden in plain sight’ whilst raising funds to support our partner charities to continue to help those trapped by MDS.
Our final charity is Capital Mass the chosen delivery partner for this Lent Appeal. Capital Mass supports parishes in the Diocese of London to tackle poverty and equality and already has a host of information about Modern Day Slavery on its web site, after its information evening held at the end of January 2019. Their website hosts videos of the evening, which was introduced by The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Sarah Mullally and the five partner charities of the Lent Appeal 2019.
For films, extra knowledge and groups offering translations about Modern Day Slavery, see the list below.
- A collection of films from Unchosen, (national charity which used short films to fight modern slavery in the UK) can be viewed here.
- The Clewer Initiative Safe Car Wash App can be downloaded here.
- Capital Mass
- The Modern Slavery Project at the East European Resource Centre has a number of resources including translations into Polish and Romanian.
NB.This is not an expansive list, and is liable to change.