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How relevant is the Black Church today?

The new book about the Black Church

“The Black Church in the 21st Century” is a new book edited by Bishop
Dr Joe Aldred and Keno Ogbo in which the authors explore the influence and position
of the Black Church in Britain today.

Topics include reflections on the Black Church and theology, ecumenism, Holy
Spirit, gospel music, conflict resolutions, politics, elders, youth, education,
health, faith economics, climate change and leadership.

Bishop Aldred is Secretary for Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs with Churches
Together in England. He is also a well established broadcaster and author.

Ms Ogbo is the founder of spiraluniverse.org, a Christian message board and
a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. She also worked with
government agencies and the community to foster positive change.

Bishop Aldred said:

“The Black Church in Britain has provided a great
space of belonging and nurture for the Black Community since the Windrush. It
continues to flourish, but at the start of the 21st Century it’s a good time
to ask whether the Black Church is still fit for purpose.”

The book is not the traditional outsider’s view of the Black Church, but rather
a book of the insiders’ critical analyses of their treasured institution, the
challenges it faces and what response options are preferable in an increasingly
secular and plural society.

Contributors to the book apart from Dr Aldred are Rev Carver Anderson, Rev
Chris Andre Watson, Dr Cheron Byfield, Juliet Fletcher, Dionne Gravesande, Dr
Christopher Johnson, Les Isaacs, Dr David Muir, Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Dr Lincoln
Sargeant, Carl Ryan and Julia Smith.

Dr Aldred said:” I was keen to work on this book because it respects the
historic role and importance of the Black Church in the UK but at the same time
raises many questions about past effectiveness and what needs to be done for
a prosperous future.

“This is a timely book that will challenge the Black Church to move to
a higher level in response to why God has planted it in this country at this
time in history” he added.

Listen to Joe Aldred ‘Chat Back with Joe Aldred’ on BBC WM 95.6FM, DAB and
online at www.bbc.co.uk/wm

For more information about the book release contact: dltbooks: safaM@darton-longman-todd.co.uk
/ www.dltbooks.com

By Regina Nyametscher

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