Freedom Week will be launched on 14 October from 12.30 p.m. at St Barnabas Centre Danesmoor. There will be an act of worship to bless the Freedom Candles followed by talks and workshops about our practical response to modern slavery through action and spirituality.

Freedom Sunday is the Church’s national day of remembrance for modern slavery and has been marked on the second Sunday in October for a number of years.  This significant crime cuts across all our communities and sectors of our economy. It is important therefore for us to reach out to new partners and encourage everyone to participate in their own context, which might be the 9-5 of working hours or the school day.

 Last year, the Bishop of Derby created the ‘Freedom Week’ initiative, with a chain of light and prayer across the Diocese, to commemorate modern slavery survivors, and those who work to eradicate this evil trade in human beings. There was great support from parishes, ecumenical partners, civic leaders, and also the local authorities, through awareness raising, prayer vigils and two candles passed across each archdeaconry.

+Alastair would like to encourage even more parishes to take part again during 15-22 October – passing the light around your community connections as well – and also to encourage people to reflect on modern slavery through a paper chain of messages.

If you are interested in participating in Freedom Week please contact Pippa Rowen in the Bishop’s



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