Responsive readings

The statue of William Wilberforce outside his family home in Hull

Breaking the Cycle of Chains
Responsive Reading

Leader
Friends we are gathered here today to mark the abolition of the slave trade and to acknowledge the people who despite much opposition forced through the act.

All
We realise that this was a great achievement to end a great injustice.

Leader
To put men, women and children in chains and force them to work day and night sometimes until death being their only release was intolerable.

All
All people of the world should be free to choose their own destiny and not be forced into unpaid labour.

Leader
Although it is now two hundred years since the official end of slave trade it should be understood that in our time the slave trade exists in many forms.

All
We will work with others wherever we possibly can to bring to an end the inhuman crime of slavery.

Leader
We acknowledge that all people are born free, free to use their hands and minds and not to be shackled and broken.

All
While acknowledging the end of the slave trade we are also aware that chains are not always obvious because they come in many forms and in our time. We are the vanguards now and we are free to help break the shackles of injustice poverty and greed.

written by Jim Timiney

Working for Freedom

A responsive reading

Leader
Divine Spirit who inspired Joseph in his days of slavery

All
Help us to work for the freedom of all people

Leader
Spirit of Love who comforted the soil-bound serfs as they worked their lordís land All
Help us to work for the freedom of all people

Leader
Spirit of Compassion who worked through William Wilberforce to move hearts and minds

All
Help us to work for the freedom of all people.

Leader
Divine spirit who grieves for the misery of those in slavery today

All
Help us to work for the freedom of all people.

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