‘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!”
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: email@example.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org is author/editor of several publications including his most recent book.