PRESS RELEASE – 18 Mar 2013
Church Leaders / Representatives in Scotland
on the Bicentenary of the Birth of David Livingstone
Issued subsequent to a meeting of Church Leaders / Representatives
held in the David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, Mon 11 March 2013
We remember with gratitude the life and witness of David Livingstone who campaigned vigorously against the slave trade during his life time.
We acknowledge that many Christians were slow to speak out against the evils of the Slave Trade and that many were actively involved in it and profited from it. We express our deep sorrow for this.
The legacies of the Slave Trade still continue to be active in the world today and we recognise that women, children and men are trafficked between and within countries and suffer labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.
We welcome the initiatives taken by the Scottish Government and others to address human trafficking within our society and applaud the work of many agencies who care for the victims of trafficking.
The Bible places a strong emphasis on ‘welcoming the stranger’ and we encourage all the people of Scotland to make our nation a place of safety, welcome and hospitality for all.
Baptist Union Rev Alan Donaldson, General Director
Church of Scotland Right Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly,
& Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk
Methodist Church Rev Lily Twist, Chair
Religious Society of Friends Leslie Stevenson, Representative Friend
Roman Catholic Church Most Rev Philip Tartaglia, President of Bishops’ Conference
Salvation Army Lt Col Alan Burns, Scotland Secretary
Scottish Episcopal Church Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus
United Free Church Rev Colin Brown, Principal Clerk,
& Rev Graham Brown, Moderator Designate
United Reformed Church Rev John Humphreys, Moderator
For further information, contact:
Br Stephen Smyth, General Secretary, ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland)