As part of Council for World Mission (CWM)’s ongoing Legacies of Slavery Project, it will be hosting “CWM Act of Repentance and Apology”, a virtual event led by the Board of Directors on 23 August 2021. In this we aim to confess the legacies of slavery in our life and begin the process of sending CWM to being an organisation committed to reparation and anti-racist action.
The LOS project addresses the roots of racialised inequalities and injustices today and owning that they lie in part in the rhetoric, practice and fund raising of mission societies like CWM’s forebear London Missionary Society. LMS, with others, developed and perpetuated a racist colonial anthropology with which it recruited, made money and occupied White and Black minds, lands and bodies, dressing in in Christian vision.
The “CWM Act of Repentance and Apology” will be a moment in which CWM speaks for itself, not its members, but calls on its members to bear witness to the same need for self-transformation if we are to enable life to flourish in a world where race continues to divide and oppress. It will also enable CWM to press for similar action by other mission organisations and especially the governments of the former and current colonial powers.
Check out the following update of the LOS Project, as well as member churches who have launched their own LOS processes: