Albin Hillert/WCC

Albin Hillert/WCC

A statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee commemorated the quad-centennial of the forced transatlantic voyage of enslaved African peoples from Angola to Jamestown, Virginia (USA).

"The policy and practice of enslaving African people laid the foundations for the systematic disenfranchisement and disempowering of people of African descent for 400 years in the United States and around the world,” reads the statement.

The statement also affirms the timely relevance and significance of related ecumenical work, and invites WCC member churches to find opportunities to commemorate this historic moment in their churches.

The WCC “celebrates the spiritual resistance of African Peoples throughout these 400 years, the statement continues, “and affirms the historic partnership the US churches and ecumenical organizations in the US share with WCC in addressing racism globally.”

The WCC Executive Committee statement, 27 May 2019

WCC moderator and general secretary focus on Child Rights, WCC press release 22 May 2019

WCC remembers lost colleagues, WCC press release 24 May 2019

WCC Executive Committee convening at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, WCC press release 21 May 2019

National Council of Churches in the USA

WCC Member Churches in the USA