About the Slavery, Reparations and Theology course
Explore the connections between slavery and the church in the post-British Imperial context. What are the theological implications for reparations and the historical legacies of enslavement?
The start of this new decade of the 21st century has caused us to reflect deeply on the history of the Church in the former British empire. The death of George Floyd and renewed attention to institutional racism; the power of the Black Lives Matter movement; the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue; the growing attention to contested histories enshrined prominent civic and ecclesial spaces; and the increasing calls for reparations from the African Caribbean cannot be ignored.
This course is designed to help participants think carefully and theologically around attention to slavery and reparations to:
• Engage critically in the history of Christian missions into the New World;
• Explore the theological, political, and economic justifications for enslavement;
• Explore theological connections between current realities of institutional racism and a long history of Anti-Black and Anti-African hermeneutics within British imperialism;
• Critically explore the various arguments and approaches to the idea of reparations in light of the history of enslavement using the British West Indies as an example.
About the Tutor
The Revd Dr Carlton Turner is a Tutor at the Queen’s Foundation specialising in Caribbean contextual theology and legacies of enslavement, and a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College
Among his publications are two books, Introduction to Caribbean Contextual Theology (2023) and Overcoming Self-Negation: Junkanoo and the Church in Contemporary Bahamian Society (2020).