Jeremiah’s Letter to Jewish Exiles and its Implications for Exilic/Diaspora Peoples Today

RGTRP, Adam Room, Grove House

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Speaker: Dr Joe Aldred (Churches Together in England)
Time: 11.30 am - 12.45 pm

This paper explores the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah’s letter to Jewish exiles and its implications for contemporary exilic people such as the Windrush Generation i.e. African and Caribbean diaspora in Britain. Before looking specifically at Jeremiah’s letter, I will examine exile/diaspora in the context of Israel/Judah in Jeremiah’s time and in the African and Caribbean experience. The paper closes with a focus on post-exilic existences.

Joe is responsible for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations at Churches Together in England and is a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy. He is Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University, Trustee of Movement for Justice and Reconciliation, and of NCLF – A Black Christian Voice; Co-President of Housing Justice and Patron of the Nurses Association of Jamaica. Joe is a broadcaster including on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, BBC Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day and the Daily Service. He has experience as bishop and pastor, chair and member of strategic councils, boards and committees mainly in the areas of religion, education, health and community relations.  Joe has a Master’s Degree with Distinction and a PhD in Theology from Sheffield University; is author and editor of several books including Respect: Understanding Caribbean British Christianity, The Black Church in the 21st Century, Thinking outside the box – on race, faith and life (Hansib 2013), From Top Mountain – An Autobiography (Hansib 2015), and most recently Editor of Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain.  He is a regular contributor to periodicals including the College of Preachers’ The Preacher. Joe is married to Novelette, a psychotherapist and chaplain, they have three grownup daughters and four grandchildren.

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