Racial justice issues have been recognised as a key concern for our Union for many years, with a Racial Justice Group (RJG) being in existence in some shape or form from the 1990s, and notably initiating the passing of a BU Council resolution on racial justice issues in March 1996. A Racial Justice Adviser
was appointed in 2002, and continues to be supported by the Racial Justice Group.
Particular initiatives have included the development of racial justice training provided for all involved in Baptist ministry and now delivered through Colleges and Associations.
In November 2007, our Union passed an historic resolution to mark the anniversary of the passing of the Slave Trade Act abolishing slavery. The resolution apologised for our part in the transatlantic slave trade. Click here to read the text of this Apology
We are marking the 10th year since this resolution with a series of events, the Lest we Forget study resource and the Journeying to Justice book. Read more.
This has led to the development of an ongoing programme of work known as The Journey. Click here to read the text of The Journey recommendations
The aim of The Journey is to ensure that our Union develops into a fully multicultural Union which will include providing access to resources and initiatives for:
The Sam Sharpe Project is an important contribution to the field of Black Baptist Studies and also supports The Journey.
Lest we Forget
Ten years on from The Apology
, five study reflections for small groups have been prepared using differing cultural perspectives. These aim to equip Baptists to reflect on the 2007 Baptist Union Apology and explore ways to address the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. The study guide is available to download
free of charge from our Resources Library.