40 Days of Prayer for the Liberation of American Descendants of Slavery, July 12, 2019 – August 20, 2019.
This resource is a joint effort of The United Methodist Council of Bishops, General Commission on Religion and Race and General Board of Church and Society. Representatives of each of these ministries of The UMC have come together to collect ideas to commemorate a tragedy in our shared history. In 1619, a war in Angola transpired to resist the colonizing advances of the Portuguese. That summer, some 350 Angolans were enslaved and put on a ship called the Juan Bautista, headed to Mexico for processing. On the way, two English ships attacked the Juan Bautista and stole 50-60 Angolans, taking them to the new colony of Jamestown, Virginia, where they landed in August 1619. Those Africans were the first to be sold into bondage in what is now The United States of America. This was the beginning of a human slave trade that has affected all of us ever since. We offer the following to help us remember, repent, and commit to a different way of being.
The United Methodist Council of Bishops
The General Commission on Religion and Race
The General Board of Church and Society
Join the interfaith community and justice seekers across the nation for 40 Days of Prayer for the Liberation of American Descendants of Slavery, July 12, 2019 – August 20, 2019.
Click on this link resources and events endorsed by three United Methodist agencies to help Christians study and commemorate the beginning of slavery in the U.S.