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Rev Canon Ernle Gordon tackles controversial issues in new book

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Rev Canon Ernle Gordon autographs his book for Verneta Green.
Rev Canon Ernle Gordon's book, 'Liberation Theology - Articlesand Essays'
Claudette Carter (left) greets Delano Franklyn. Looking on is Juliet Gordon, wife of Rev Canon Ernle Gordon.
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Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

Guests were out in numbers recently to support Reverend Canon Ernle Gordon, at the launch of his latest literary work. Titled Liberation Theology - Articles and Essays, the book is a compilation of Gordon's writings throughout his career, and tackles many controversial issues including homosexuality, partisan politics, and the role of the church.

With a diploma in agriculture, not even Gordon himself could have predicted where he would be in 2014, but as destiny would have it, he was called to pastoral ministry and did not hesitate to answer.

His time in ministry not only helped him to overcome his fear of public speaking, but would lead to a lasting career in writing. Some of his most prominent works have established him as one of the most thought-provoking writers in Jamaica's history, and last Thursday night, he launched yet another book.

The lawns of Argyle Road proved the perfect location as the quiet and somewhat secluded environment provided just the right amount of intimacy the evening warranted. From the beginning, it was clear that the evening was bound to be special as emcee Barbara Gloudon did not hesitate to let the audience know how much effort was put into making Gordon's latest work a reality. Gloudon delivered story after story, providing the audience with laughter-filled breaks following long speeches highlighting reasons why Jamaica needed more work from the likes of Gordon.

Guest speaker Delano Franklyn heaped praises on Gordon for his contribution to Jamaica's academia, dubbing him one of the most consistent voices in Jamaica over the past 50 years.

In his address, Franklyn said Gordon's latest book is a must-have as it not only chronicles some of the greatest moments in Jamaica's history, but will challenge its readers to think outside the box.

"It is not by chance that the book is titled as such," he said. "There are so many things in this world for us to understand, to think on, and this compilation of Gordon's most potent writings, will, no doubt, get you thinking." He urged the audience to spread the word on the book as no one believes in Jamaica's development as much as Gordon.

The book is available for purchase from Mrs Beverley Been at bvbeen@yahoo.co.uk. Each book costs $2,500.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com