Moderator holds talks with PM on slavery and human trafficking

Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, held talks with Theresa May about human trafficking and slavery.

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L-R The Principal Clerk to the General Assembly, Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, and Moderator of the General Assembly Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr.

He and the Prime Minister discussed the thorny issues at a reception to mark Shrove Tuesday at Downing Street.

The Principal Clerk to the General Assembly, Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, also attended.

View Theresa May's speech.


Dr Barr will soon be visiting Kenya where he will tour projects backed by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and the Church of Scotland.

His home church, Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh, supports the Turi Children’s Project at St Andrew’s Church.

The initiative helps children affected by the aftermath of HIV and AIDS or displaced by political events in Kenya.

Turi Children's Project is working to build a centre where children can obtain food or school uniforms, enjoy games and recreation, get help with school work, advice and counselling.

A jumble sale in aid of the Turi Children’s Project and Fresh Start, an Edinburgh charity that supports people who have been homeless, is being held at Cramond Kirk on March 11..

Dr Barr will also visit a church called Kayole which has been twinned with Chalmers Ardler Church in Dundee since 2010.

Delegations from both churches have visited each other several times over the years.

Members of Chalmers Ardler chose Kayole as a twinning partner because it both are designated Priority Areas, albeit with different challenges.

Kayole has more than 3,000 members and holds three services on a Sunday in English, Kishwahili and Kikuyu.

View our partner churches in Africa, which includes Kenya.