Archbishop of York marks anniversary of abolition of slave trade

The York Press

“Roads were packed, tents were pitched, and crowds wearing their Sunday best were out in droves, as thousands of people gathered in Jamaica to hear the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, speak to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

God rejoices in the fact that he created each one of you. That is the greatest message of the sermon this morning, be yourself and don’t try and be somebody else,” he said. Quoting a sermon from the Archbishop of Zanzibar, he asked the people to reach out and work at the grassroots: “Go out to the highways and byways look for the people who have lost hope and those who are struggling to make good. “Have Jesus on your lips and the world in your heart, you have been called to freedom to work with justice and to embrace responsibility.”

In unrelated news, the Archbishop is branching out into modern music:

Dr John Sentamu took a break from the day job to provide the lyrics for a track on Christian band Psalm Drummers’ latest album. He recites a passage from chapter 3 of Ephesians, against a jazz-style backing, with cymbal and piano.

Thank you to Kendall Harmon for pointing to The Press article here.

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