United Nations

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Titled Waves of Harm and Hope: Faith Communities addressing the historic and present economic inequities and injustices affecting People of African Descent,” the event will address what faith communities are doing at a time when discussions are focusing on atonement of the past wrongs or on reparations for harms that have been visited.

The event will address how, historically, people of African descent have endured discrimination with significant economic implications, and how the trans-Atlantic enslavement of people of African descent has had longstanding economic impact, both on the continent and abroad.

Participants will also discuss in what ways faith communities have been involved in the emergence and sustenance of racist economic systems that exploited people of African descent and, in some instances, how faith communities profited from such exploitation.

Speakers and the audience will address questions such as: where has your community profited economically from the injustices forced upon people of African descent?

Discussions will also address what faith traditions offer as models and motivations for reparation for past and current economic injustices faced by people of African descent.


  • Dr. Azizat Amoloye-Adebayo – Law Lecturer, University of Ilori, Nigeria
  • Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers - General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC)
  • Rev. Dr. Guy Hewitt - Racial Justice Director of the Church of England
  • Rev. Dr. Peter Cruchley – Director, Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, World Council of Churches
  • Prof. Anantanand  Rambachan - Professor of Religion at Saint Olaf College, Minnesota


Join online (live)  this event, Geneva, Tuesday 2 May, 13:00 -14:30 pm CEST