Caribbean Report 02-04-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 02-04-1999
Author: Greaves, Keith Stone (anchor, correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Hernandez, Peters (interviewee); Smith, Alstead (interviewee); Noel, John (interviewee); Brome, Rufus (interviewee); Maynard, Eric (interviewee); Gilbert, Edward (interviewee)
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1. BBC presents a special Good Friday Special Report with anchor Keith Stone Greaves. The report provides an in-depth overview of the critical challenges for churches in the region including increasing membership in wayside churches at the expense of more traditional sects and the church stance on homosexuality (00:41)
2. In the Caribbean as in other parts of the world, worshippers have been flocking to churches to observe what others consider the most important event on the calendar, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This solemn ceremony offers Christian a chance to reflect. In recent years other issues such as morality and church membership have been coming to the foreground in Caribbean church circles. Three prominent church leaders in the region provides insights into pressing church matters (00:42 - 01: 52)
3. Tony Fraser reports from Port of Spain on the indigenous religion Spiritual Baptist which arose out of the slavery. Shouter Baptist faith was outlawed and worshippers could not practice their faith in public because this indigenous practice did not coincide with the Roman Catholic and Anglican religion. On March 30 1997, the Shouter Baptist Act of 1951 was repealed by the government and the day declared a national holiday. This year, a 15 acre plot of land was granted to the faith. Three independent groups of the faith cannot agree on division of the land. Teacher Peters Hernandez, Bishop Alstead Smith (Brooklyn, New York) , and Archbishop John Noel (Grenada) speaks on the disunity within the faith and need to resolve issues and differences (01:53 – 04:35)
4. Religion has become part and parcel part of the life of the people of the Caribbean. One area of concern is the growth of wayside churches, new churches mainly of Pentecostal background. The rise of these churches impact on the membership of mainstream churches such as Methodist, Anglican and Roman Catholic communities. Barbados Anglican Bishop Rufus Brome, Pastor Eric Maynard of the Shiloh Baptist in Nevis and Dominica Bishop Edward Gilbert analyse the movement towards newer churches and the significance on both sides of the religious divide, young adults questioning church doctrine, the traditional point of view of white god vs. black god, homosexuality and moral, and ethical life (04:36 - 15:16)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40160
Date: 1999-04-02


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