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Vox Pop: Is the Prayer Breakfast still relevant?

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Dane Richardson, Digicel Foundation CEO
Tennyson Chin, Christian apologist
Donna Parchment-Brown, political ombudsman
Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade
Novelette Grant, acting commissioner of police
Claudette Pious, executive director, Children First
Minister of Youth, Education and Information Ruel Reid

Dane Richardson, Digicel Foundation CEO:

The Church plays an important role in national development. I look forward to the event's continued success and growth. Incorporating other religions in Jamaica would be an interesting feature for next year.

Tennyson Chin, Christian Apologist:

The NLBP committee should sit down and reapply Protestant Christian ethics from scriptures and history on how Christian ethics govern a nation under God.

Donna Parchment-Brown, Political Ombudsman:

Absolutely, it should continue. This morning has been a very special morning for me as an individual, as a public servant, as a Jamaican woman. I go away inspired as I think most people are here this morning and pray that we find a way to be our best selves every day in spite of the challenges.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade:

I think it should continue. It's an opportunity for the Church, the political directorate, and the private sector to come together and to focus on values and priorities that greet our nation every day. I also think it would be a good thing from time to time to move to other areas of Jamaica such as the west or central Jamaica to allow for easier access for persons who live and worship out of town.

Novelette Grant, Acting Commissioner of Police:

A nation needs to renew its spirituality. It's about people, and I believe that we have to reconnect to the divide, to remind us who we are as human beings, to remind us that our purpose here is to serve each other, and when we serve each other, we truly are serving God. So a call to prayer in a national way is always important in the life of a nation.

Claudette Pious, Executive Director, Children First:

Yes, definitely it should continue. It's an opportunity for us to stop with all the excitement and madness going around. It's for us to stop and give thanks to God for all the blessings we've had as a nation. It's also a time to ask for God's support in helping us to really preserve our nation.

Ruel Reid, Minister of Education:

It speaks to living rights, peace, working together for a common good for Jamaica. Oftentimes politics and religion have divided us, and what the Prayer Breakfast has done is bring all the important leaders together, and that is good for Jamaica.