This book features a bold attempt to scope and analyze the key issues facing, Black Christianity in Britain since the 1950s. Though now over 50 years old, and having experienced great success, Black Christianity is facing an uncertain future as one expression of Christianity that exists in an increasingly secular, plural society. This study shows why, even in the midst of a drive towards ecumenical, inter-faith and multi-cultural cohesion it is crucial that as an advocate for the Black Community there is a thriving Black Christianity that speaks and acts prophetically in the British context. The editors and various contributors to this collection bring both their critical analysis of the past and present as well as their prophetic perspectives on the future; shining a light upon the areas each write about. The book aims to give the reader a deeper understanding of the theological and socio-political issues that are both the foundations of Black Christianity in Britain in all its glorious diversity, as well as pointers to the future shape and destiny of the Black Christianity in Britain as a discreet group and as part of a wider context.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Joe Aldred (University of Birmingham, UK) & Keno Ogbo (Spiraluniverse); 1 Black Christianity and Economics (1); Christopher Johnson; 2 Black Christianity and Economics (2); Gregory Roberts; 3 Black Christianity and Ecumenism; Jonathon Oloyede (Global Day of Prayer); 4 Black Christianity and Education; Cheron Byfield; 5 Black Christianity and Black Elders; Dionne Gravesande (Christian Aid); 6 Black Christianity and the Environment; Chris Andre-Watson (BMS World Mission); 7 Black Christianity and Health; Lincoln Sargent (Institute of Metabolic Science); 8 Black Christianity and the Media; Yemisi Onigbinde (Faith Action); 9 Black Christianity and Music; Juliet Fletcher (Green Tree Productions); 10 Black Christianity and Politics; William Acquah (Birkbeck College, University of London); 11 Black Christianity and Social Issues; Les Isaacs (Street Pastors); 12 Black Christianity and Justice; Claudette Douglas (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland); 13 Black Christianity and Theology; David Muir (Evangleical Alliance); 14 Black Christianity and Youth; Carver Anderson (Shalom Consultancy); Conclusion; Joe Aldred (University of Birmingham, UK) and Keno Ogbo (University of Hertfordhire).
Bishop Dr Joe Aldred is bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, Secretary for Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs with Churches Together in England; and Chair of the Council of Black-led Churches. He is a broadcaster with the BBC, an author of Respect - Understanding Caribbean British Christianity; and editor of Preaching with Power, Praying with Power, and Sisters with Power (Continuum). Keno Ogbo is a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and has set up a number of local projects including the Spiraluniverse website which promotes Christian communications and positive initiatives.