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April 29, 2010


Tim Presswood

Whilst I agree with all you say, Ed, I remain disappointed that the 'journey' which BUGB trumpeted three years ago is still being debated. Only in the strange land of the church could there be anything left to debate.

Why has the debate not moved on? For example, while for Afro-carribean people, the apology is clearly a powerful and meaningful statement, for many black people of African decent, it remains a challenge. Yet for some of those very Christians, the position of women within the church remain one of oppression. And, as for anyone whose sexuality is not monogomously heterosexual...

Somehow, because we have apologised for slavery, we believe we are not in a position to challenge these oppressions. Yet how can we talk of liberation without recognising that different people need different liberations.

BUGB remains a long way from even beginning to address any of these issues. So far, the journey has not gone very far.

Ed Kaneen

You raise a very relevant point, Tim. I wondered about this during the conference - why has it taken so long for us to offer the apology? Are we only now able to offer it because the main events themselves happened 200 years ago? I've no doubt that those who were part of the process are right to describe it as a work of God's Spirit. However, was God's Spirit not working in this way during the two previous centuries, or were we just not listening? Similarly, why did we have to wait so long for slavery itself to become illegal? It's easy with hindsight, of course, but it does remind me of Ecclesiastes: there is a time for everything. Unfortunately, if this process is anything to go by, I fear it's a time likely to be measured in generations.

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