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Church key to addressing nation's challenges, says Phillips

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips takes communion from The Reverend Father Leroy Johnson, rural dean of Westmoreland.

The Church has a critical role to play in the development of Jamaica through re-establishing family structures and values, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips told congregants at the St George's Anglican Church in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, yesterday, where he and his touring party worshipped.

Phillips and some executive members of the People's National Party worshipped in Savanna-la-Mar on the third day of the listening tour in the parish.

Phillips said that the Church is critical and should be at the heart of what is to be done to overcome the nation's challenges.

"We need unity of people in action to move the country forward and strengthen the family. There's no place that nurtures human beings like the Church. It can be a place of accord and discord," he said.

"When we offer ourselves for public office to serve the people, we must recognise the spiritual foundation of their devotion."

Phillips and members of his team, including vice-president Angela Brown Burke; parliamentarian Dwayne Vaz, who represents Central Westmoreland; and general secretary Julian Robinson, took holy communion administered by The Very Reverend Father Leroy A. Johnson, rural dean of Westmoreland.

For the Opposition party, St George's holds a special place as it was the venue for the memorial service for beloved Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, the late Roger Clarke.