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Seventh day Adventists say thanks

Published:Monday | February 16, 2015 | 2:00 AM
Reverend Conrad Pitkin, president of the National Religious Liberty Association presents an award to Kerry-Ann Stimpson, marketing manager, Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited, for adherence to not only support, but also practice the tenets of religious freedom in the workplace by not infringing on workers right to freedom of religion and worship.
Member of Parliament Pernel Charles (right), accepts the award on behalf of the Opposition from Dr John Graz, secretary general of the International Religious Liberty Association for keeping the tenets of the constitutions for religious freedom to all while they presided as government of Jamaica.
Dr John Graz (left), secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association presents an award to Moya Thomas, general manager of LOVE 101 FM for supporting and promoting religious freedom by being the first religious radio station in Jamaica to provide listeners with a wide range of religious music and spiritually uplifting programmes 24 hours a day.
Minister Robert Pickersgill, accepts the award on behalf of the Government of Jamaica from Ambassador Robert Seiple, president of the International Religious Liberty Association for keeping the tenets of the constitutions for religious freedom to all. While the newly formed National Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) recognized three organizations for adhering to the principles of Religious Liberty in words and actions.
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On Saturday, January 24, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica spearheaded the first ever Festival of Religious Freedom held in Jamaica. The festival, held under the theme 'Our Right ... Our Freedom ... Let's Celebrate' was a tremendous success.

It brought together various religious groups thanking God and country for the freedom of religion, enshrined in Jamaica's constitution.

"On behalf of our church, we say thanks to the public, our sponsors, church leaders and members, government and civic leaders, the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) and Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, the various religious groups, presenters and speakers, volunteers, steering committee members, artistes, and the media for making the festival a success," said Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

The day included religious liberty presentations, preaching, messages from heads of state, award

presentations, the launch of the National Religious Liberty Association (NRLA), an affiliate of the IRLA, and a musical showcase featuring a 150-voice mass choir along with top gospel artistes.

The Government and Opposition were recognised by the IRLA for giving due regard to the tenets of religious freedom as the Constitution requires. And the newly formed NRLA recognised three organisations for adhering to the principles of religious liberty in words and actions.