What could it look like for churches to join together to raise awareness of modern slavery, protect those who are vulnerable, and welcome the survivors into their communities? We aim to find out.
What is Hidden Voices?
Hidden voices is a new resource created by Mosaic Creative for The Clewer Initiative. It’s based on the principles of an existing resource called Stories on the Street, and it’s designed to help churches and communities respond to modern slavery.
Some people might ask, what can churches and communities do about modern slavery? The truth is local people are key to solving this puzzle. For starters they can spot the signs of modern slavery and help the police to find victims. They can prevent vulnerable people they work with, like the homeless, from being trafficked or exploited. And they can support the survivors of modern slavery, and help them to overcome the trauma they have experienced.
Stories on the Street is a resource produced by Mosaic Creative to awaken in churches a passion for working with their communities and responding to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised. It describes a simple process that helps to build community, with the church acting as a catalyst. Hidden Voices takes the spirit of Stories on the Street, and adapts it to the specific context of responding to modern slavery.
Hidden Voices is written in four modules: Understanding modern slavery, Prevention, Detection and Restoring dignity. All of the modules include Biblical reflections and practical tools and activities to help churches work alongside their community. There are also case studies that help people to see how they might already be coming across modern slavery without knowing it. We hope that churches who do the Hidden Voices resource will feel inspired and ready to start a project of their own by the end. They might not have all the answers, but they will certainly know where to start.
how can i join in?
Hidden Voices and the principles behind it are not complicated, but they do require some training, and careful thought. The training takes two days and can be run as a residential, or over a couple of weekends. If you are interested in exploring whether Hidden Voices could be the right approach for you and your church, then do get in touch with us.
download the powerpoints
These PowerPoints correspond to the different modules of the Hidden Voices resource. They are available as downloads here for those who have taken the course to use in their project, but feel free to take a look if you're curious!