Photo of Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby the Archbishop of West Africa, Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith and Archbishop Howard Gregory toured the Castle from which Africans were shipped to the Caribbean and the Americas. Credit: Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and Grand Cayman on Facebook accessed 16 February 2023
Three men of faith… in the Anglican tradition of Christianity, which in times past, participated in the brutal assault on human dignity of Africans and people of African descent.
Three men of faith …one representing the enslaved, another representing the enslaved’s siblings who were left behind in Africa and another representing the empire that was engaged in and benefitted from the slave trade and slavery
Three men of faith …standing together as Children of God, the same God who has granted all of us the free will to choose to do good or evil, to choose the way of justice and love.
I am sure that 100 years ago, very few people would have ever imagined this scene would ever be possible. But they persisted in faith to preach Jesus’ message of forgiveness, reconciliation , justice and love.
These men of faith…and all of us who embrace the love of God and the way of Jesus… we are all standing on the shoulders of William Wilberforce, William Morris Knibb, Bishop Enos Nuttall, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others who dared to believe and declare their belief that God’s will for justice for all people could, would and will prevail.
Christ in us, the hope of glory. That’s why glory matters.