On October 31, to mark Black History Month, international charity Christian Aid will be showing MJR documentary ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' to all of its staff worldwide. Christian Aid UK Climate Justice Church Programme Manager for Black Majority Churches and MJR trustee Sarah-Jane Nii-Adjei said: "Christian Aid has a global ecumenical platform and will be raising the profile of this film to staff from the UK (including colleagues from Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and countries we work in. Different teams can then contact MJR if they would like to licence the film for training and development purposes." The internal event will include a panel discussion with Rev Alton Bell, Chair of MJR and Prof Robert Beckford sharing more about the film.
MJR were invited to screen our documentary ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' at the Lambeth Conference, the once every 10 years gathering of the leadership of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The screening took place on Friday evening in a cinema that was part of the conference venue. About 45 attended, including Bishops from Sri Lanka, South Africa and other countries. A lively discussion followed led by MJR Chair Rev Alton Bell and trustee Paul Keeble, at which the film's impact and potential as a resource was noted. The challenge, as always, is, having seen 'After the Flood', and gained new knowledge – what, practically, will we do with it?
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MJR documentary ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' has been reviewed by Churches Together in England (CTE). "For reconciliation to take place there is much work to do to correct the societal disadvantages of black Britons. The film calls upon the churches to recognise their legacy, acknowledge wrongdoing and make reparations." Read the full review here.
MJR is pleased to announce the official release of the documentary ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation'. The 67 minute film is now available as a download for purchase or rental.
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"This is so good and a must-see for anyone who is interested in addressing racial inequality and injustice in the church." Twitter comment.
The Bristol screening of After The Flood on July 22nd took place in John Wesley's New Room – the world's first Methodist Church. A most appropriate location given Wesley's strong stance against slavery. 92 people attended an enjoyable and stimulating evening enhanced with a generous supply of tasty Caribbean food and drinks. Special thanks to our organiser and host, Carmen Carrol of Keyboard Trust Ministry who worked very hard preparing for this special evening.
On the Q&A panel, MJR was represented by Professor Dr. Robert Beckford and our Chair Revd. Alton Bell. It also included a strong contingent from the Church of England with the Dean of Bristol Cathedral Canon Dr. Mandy Ford, Revd. Dr. Catherine Okoronkwo who is the Advisor on Racial Justice to the Bishop of Bristol (the Rt. Revd Vivienne Faull), Rev Mary Hotchkiss Curate in the Bristol Diocese and Revd. Chris Dobson who is the Ecumenical Advisor and Partnership Officer to the Diocese of Bristol.
A lively Q&A session followed the film with chair Alton Bell deftly handling questions covering a wide range of topics from the cost of reparations, the need to take action now and what happens next. Comments included:
The evening concluded with a vote of thanks by MJR Trustee Keith Cottrell who observed that this film is sowing seeds for change across our country.
"If you’re really serious about this anti-racism journey, this is a movie you HAVE to watch.”
Here is a video review of 'After the Flood' from Rebbecca Hemmings, one of the audience at last Friday's screening in Birmingham.
"With an insatiable appetite to learn more about this beast named 'racism', Friday, I saw the documentary 'After the Flood, The Church, Slavery and Reconciliation' by Robert Beckford PhD and The Ministry for Justice and Reconciliation. If you want to catapult forward on your antiracism journey, you NEED to SEE THIS, regardless of your religious beliefs, or if you have any. I was struck by how the challenges of creating an equitable society are similar to many organisations. There seems to be a willingness to acknowledge harm done, but the sticking points are in changing the power structures and taking significant action. This video shares a modicum of my experience and thoughts. Though I am still very much processing the wealth of information shared.
Thank you Dr Beckford, MJR and all involved for such an eye-opening telling of our story".
Nearly 90 people gathered at Methodist Central Hall last night for the 'Northern Premiere' of the MJR documentary, 'After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' (it would have been more but for an unfortunately timed local Covid burst). The film was positively received and the ensuing question and answer session with what was an amazing panel was wide-ranging, honest and challenging: of course, begging the question, what next? One answer on social media was: "Every church in Manchester should facilitate a viewing of this film and the ensuing conversations." How? The lack of local church leaders present was noticeable . We need more church members, as well as senior leaders such as those on the panel to advocate for bringing this issue to the local churches, where the real individual pain of racial injustice is.
Other feedback on social media and directly to MJR so far has included:
The Q&A Panel: Rev Ian Rutherford (also our host), Ven Karen Lund, Beatrice Smith, Rev Mike Royal, Prof Robert Beckford, Rt Rev David Walker, Rev Alton Bell (chair).
Big thanks to the panel, our hosts at Methodist Central Hall and the workers behind the scenes.
Next screening is Birmingham on Friday. For more screenings go here. Like to have this film where you are? Email us.
BBC Radio Manchester interview
MJR trustees Beatrice Smith and Paul Keeble were interviewed by Asthma Younus on BBC Radio Manchester on Sunday morning about the forthcoming screening of ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' in the city. If you'd like to listen, the programme is available online here for 28 days – the interview begins at about 3 hours 26 minutes.
We are pleased to announce Ven. Karen Lund, the Archdeacon of Manchester as the fifth member of our Q&A panel for the Manchester screening of ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation' on July 12 (a.k.a. the 'Northern Premiere'). Tickets are available here. The timing of this and the other July screenings coincides neatly with the release yesterday of the first of six reports from the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Commission for Racial Justice (“ACRJ”). The report can be read here.
After the successful premiere of the new MJR documentary ‘After the Flood: the church, slavery and reconciliation', there are now four regional screenings happening in July, each with a Q&A afterwards. These will be in Manchester on July 12, Birmingham on July 15, Bristol on July 22 and London on July 29. More details and links for tickets are here.
'After the Flood' will also be shown at the 2022 Church of England General Synod on July 11 and the 10-yearly Lambeth Conference of the Worldwide Anglican Communion taking place from July 26.
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