Bishop calls for fresh thinking to tackle racism in Britain (Press Release For Immediate Release 31 August 2013)

A new book to be launched in London on Monday 2 September 2013 calls upon Black people in Britain not to pin their hopes on the elimination of racism from British society.  Its author, Dr Joe Aldred, is a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, a broadcaster, and an intercultural ecumenist with Churches Together in England. He calls upon Black people and liberal Whites to move beyond a preoccupation with the doctrine of the elimination of racism from society; and instead to seek to empower Black people spiritually, economically and politically to live and prosper in a society where racism is an unwelcome reality.

‘Thinking outside the box on race, faith and life’ is a collection of essays from articles, sermons and lectures by Dr Aldred on a wide range of topics – foremost among them is race.  Dr Aldred says ‘It is important that as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Dr Martin Luther King we reflect on how that dream of a just society for all, irrespective of race or colour, might be achieved’.  He argues that since racism, like other sins and moral foibles, is part of the human condition, anticipating its elimination is to await a false dawn – a ‘Promised Land’ not to be entered any time soon.

The Bishop concludes that it is Black people who must now take primary responsibility for properly contextualising racism as one of the evils to be combated in the world, not ‘the god of all evils’ to be feared or worshipped.  “We cannot afford to wait for the elimination of racism from society to occupy our rightful place, unapologetically, as part of creation – made in God’s image and likeness.  Power is never given, it is always taken – and black people must take away the power racists assume over us. The future begins today!”

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Note:
1) ‘Thinking outside the box on race, faith and life’ by Bishop Dr Joe Aldred is published by Hansib Publications Ltd., and is available from www.respectenterprises.com/wp or http://www.hansibpublications.com
2) A book signing/launch takes place on Monday 2 September 2013 at 6.30PM at the ‘Unmistakeably African-Caribbean’ Maroons Restaurant, 514 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E1 0HY.  Just A Few Minutes Walk from Limehouse DLR / C2C train station on the edge of Wapping, Docklands and the City. Telephone: 0207 790 5132 Email: info@themaroonsrestaurant.co.uk.
3) Copies of the book will be available as an e-book on internet sites from 1st November 2013
4) Profile: Joe Aldred is an ecumenist, broadcaster, speaker and writer.  He is Executive Secretary for Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs at Churches Together in England; and director of Respect Enterprises Ltd.  He has worked in various capacities, particularly in the areas of faith, education and health.  These have included his time as director of the Centre for Black and White Christian Partnership, Chair of a Primary Care Trust, and chair of the Council of Black Led Churches.  Joe has an earned PhD in Theology from Sheffield University.
5) For interviews or further info contact 07775 632288.  joe.aldred@btinternet.com is author/editor of several publications including his most recent book.

 

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About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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