Church leaders and representatives with the work experience people and their trainers from the David Livingstone Centre.

Church leaders and representatives with the work experience people and their trainers from the David Livingstone Centre.

Issued following a meeting held in the David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, Mon 11 March 2013.

“We remember with gratitude the life and witness of David Livingstone, who campaigned vigorously against the slave trade during his life time.

“We acknowledge that many Christians were slow to speak out against the evils of the slave trade and that many were actively involved in it and profited from it. We express our deep sorrow for this.

“The legacies of the slave trade still continue to be active in the world today and we recognise that women, children and men are trafficked between and within countries and suffer labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.

“We welcome the initiatives taken by the Scottish Government and others to address human trafficking within our society and applaud the work of many agencies who care for the victims of trafficking.

“The Bible places a strong emphasis on ‘welcoming the stranger’ and we encourage all the people of Scotland to make our nation a place of safety, welcome and hospitality for all.”

Signatories:

  • Baptist Union of Scotland: Rev Alan Donaldson, General Director
  • Church of Scotland: Right Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly, and Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk
  • Methodist Church: Rev Lily Twist, Chair
  • Religious Society of Friends: Leslie Stevenson, Representative Friend
  • Roman Catholic Church: Most Rev Philip Tartaglia, President of Bishops’ Conference
  • Salvation Army: Lt Col Alan Burns, Scotland Secretary
  • Scottish Episcopal Church: Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus
  • United Free Church: Rev Colin Brown, Principal Clerk, and Rev Graham Brown, Moderator Designate
  • United Reformed Church: Rev John Humphreys, Moderator

• Full story at ACTS, Baptist Union of Scotland and URC (photo).