Seventh-day Adventists say thanks
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.