Saturday, February 17, 2007
Amazing Grace Movie

You may or may not have heard about the new movie coming out about William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect that brought an end to the slave trade in the British Empire, and inspired the abolitionist movement here in America as well. The movie also includes the story of Scottish Presbyterian minister John Newton and how his famous hymn, Amazing Grace (from which the movie takes its name), helped inspire the abolitionists.

While the movie could be pretty interesting in and of itself, what's even better is that the creators have partnered with numerous human rights organizations and are using the film as a means to educate churches and individuals about the reality of modern day slavery - a global plague that is actually worse in scope than the height of the African slave trade in Wilberforce's day. Julie and I have long been supporters of groups like the International Justice Mission, that work to put an end to modern day slavery. We are hopeful that this movie will help raise awareness about the problem and get even more people involved. To do our part, we will be talking about the issue and showing a short video clip in church tomorrow, and encouraging people to see the movie if they can.

To learn more about what you can do, visit The Amazing Change website.

To see a trailer of the movie, click below:


posted by Mike Clawson at 12:10 PM | Permalink |


At 2/17/2007 02:18:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

I want to see this movie. They are doing a huge thing on it at Gordon - we heard about it when we were there a couple weeks ago. It was encouraging to see the message getting out!
I think VC should go see the movie together if we can find time.....


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