York Unitarians host programme of free events for Anti-Slavery Week

On 18th October, organisations across the UK will take part in activities for Anti-Slavery Day. The annual day of awareness-raising highlights the ongoing issues of human trafficking and modern slavery while encouraging all groups and individuals to address the problem in whatever way they can. This year, York Unitarians will hold a series of free events to mark Anti-Slavery Week and increase both awareness and knowledge about this deep-rooted issue.

Unitarians have historically campaigned against slavery. However, slavery continues in many parts of the world, and, while illegal in the UK, still exists in many forms. For Anti-Slavery Week this year, York Unitarians have chosen to learn more about the issue and share this knowledge through a series of free, public events.

Ahead of this year’s Anti-Slavery Week, York Unitarians will hold a special service at St Saviourgate Unitarian chapel, YO1 8NQ, on Sunday 15th October from 11:00am to 12:00 noon. The service is suitable for those of any faith background (or none), and will include readings, songs, and reflections from a range of sources and traditions. Refreshments will be provided after the service. The service will also take place on Zoom – please request the link in advance from yorkunitarians@gmail.com.

The chapel will also host a Modern Day Slavery exhibition on Wednesday 18th October, to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day. The exhibition will be held at the chapel from 10:00am to 15:00pm, and from 17:00pm to 19:00pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided.

Finally, York Unitarians will mark the end of Anti-Slavery Week with ‘Raise your voice!’, a lunchtime concert of music, songs, and poetry on Friday 20th October from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. The concert is free but charitable donations are welcome and will be split evenly between Anti-Slavery International and the Separated Child Foundation.

“As Unitarians we value all life and human dignity and were shocked to realise the scale, and local impact, of a problem which can often feel remote,” said Rev. Stephanie Bisby. “Our events for Anti-Slavery Week aim to raise awareness of the issue as well as funds to support two worthwhile and relevant causes.”


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