Bicentenary Celebrations

2014 marks the Bicentenary of the relationship between the Jamaican Baptist Union (JBU), the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) and BMS World Mission (BMS).

This enduring relationship has been forged through years of slavery, colonisation and the arrival of the Windrush from the Caribbean to the UK.  Beginning with the first unofficial missionary to Jamaica, the ennobled George Liele, the Jamaican and British Baptists have been in relationship for nearly 200 hundred years; a narrative worthy of retelling in word and print and celebrated by British and Jamaican Baptists.

The JBU, BUGB and BMS have agreed to celebrate this milestone in the UK and Jamaica, with bicentenary celebrations being launched at the Baptist Assembly in May 2014.  A number of events are provisionally planned, and more information will be coming soon on the following:


19 May - 'Fiddling While Rome Burns - The relevance of Black Theology to Contemporary Britain' (London)

8 Sep - Bicentenary multicultural Action Teams arrive at BMS International Mission Centre (Birmingham)

13 Oct - JBU delegation arrive in UK

15 Oct - The third annual Sam Sharpe Lecture - 'Active resistance - Participating in God's Purpose' (Bristol)

18 Oct - 'Legacy: Learning from the Past, Embracing the Future' (Birmingham)

19 Oct - Bicentenary Celebration services at Cannon Street Memorial Baptist Church (Birmingham)

20 Oct - Welcome and Bicentenary Celebration (Sheffield)

21 Oct - Leaders' Discussion: What makes for a healthy and inclusive church? (Sheffield)

21 Oct - Black and Ethnic Minority Women in Leadership - The Way Ahead (Huddersfield)

21 Oct - Bicentenary Celebration Event (Huddersfield)

23 Oct - Black Theology Symposium - 'Faith across the Atlantic: remapping the theological discourse' (Oxford)

25 Oct - Jamaican and British Baptists Together - Let's Celebrate  (London)

27 Oct - JBU delegation return to Jamaica


18 - 22 Feb - JBU Assembly (Jamaica)