Slavery-Free Communities

Emerging Theologies and Faith Responses to Modern Slavery

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Dan Pratt
  • London, England: 
    Hymns Ancient and Modern, Ltd.
    , July
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) are global crimes impacting local communities. Vulnerable people are exploited through labour, sex and forced criminality. Churches and communities are increasingly encountering these victims and survivors, and consequently need to develop more effective engagement. The book will highlight that churches and communities are in a unique position to partner towards slavery-free communities.

Beginning with the narratives of survivors who experienced three different forms of MSHT, including labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic exploitation, the book then shows how practitioners and theologians respond to these narratives through exploring theologies of suffering, ecology, missiology, restorative justice, trinitarian theology and liberation theology.

Offering faith responses from organisations such The Salvation Army, The Clewer Initiative, BMS World Mission and Rene Cassinhe the volume also includes a final resource section with prayers and liturgy for survivors and victims as well as for church and community responses.

The book includes a forward by the Rt Hon Theresa May MP and an opening prayer by the Most Revd Justin Welby

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Revd Dr Dan Pratt is Antislavery Co-ordinator for the Eastern Baptist Association and the Southend Against Modern Slavery Partnership. Dan chairs The Together Free Foundation, which seeks to resource communities and churches in responding to Modern Slavery. Dan is an Associate Researcher with the Baptist Centre for History and Heritage at Regent's Park College, Oxford. Doctoral research was completed in Christian Education and Contextual Theology. Previously Dan founded and pioneered 57 West, a Baptist church rooted among rough sleepers in Essex. From 2008 to 2012, he taught Practical Theology at the Baptist Convention College in Soweto.


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