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Dr Joe calls for respect; RELIGION: New book on understanding black Christians.

Byline: By Poppy Brady

A LEADING Birmingham cleric has written a ground breaking book he hopes will help people to better understand the world of Caribbean British Christianity.

Bishop Dr Joe Aldred's first book, Respect -Understanding Caribbean Christianity, sets out his thoughts on key issues such as identity, why black churches were formed in Britain, liberation and oppression.

The book has won praise from former Bishop for Birmingham, the Rt Rev John Sentamu, who is now Archbishop of York.

He says: "This book provides a vital map that can help to create a better mutual understanding."

Dr Aldred, who chairs the Council of Black-led Churches, said: "I hope the book will be of help to those who are leaders of black churches as well as those who minister in a multi-cultural context.

"Issues such as identity are now more important than ever. For example, continuing to call us African Caribbean displaces black people from their British heritage.

"Respect is also important, not so much craving deference, but understanding who we are."

Dr Aldred, aged 53, is secretary for the Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and a former director of the Centre for Black and White Christian Partnership.

He left Jamaica as a 15-year-old, and now lives in Erdington with his wife Novelette. They have three daughters.

The book is published by Epworth, price pounds 17.99.

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FIRST CHAPTER... Dr Joe Aldred at his home in Erdington with his new book. Picture: John Reavenall
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