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Former Caribbean politician calls for church to be more active
Published on April 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Andre Huie

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The church’s role in society goes beyond the spiritual, but also addressing social ills from the pulpit and in communities, according to Joan Purcell, former president of the senate in Grenada and author of the book A Vision For Change.

Joan Purcell is a former Grenada Minister of Government and Senate President
Purcell, a guest on a recent edition of WINN FM’s Voices programme is a proponent of the coexistence of the church and state and said the church in the Caribbean has failed to fulfill its social obligation to the community.

Meanwhile, in response to a caller’s question on the church’s role in slavery in the Caribbean, Purcell suggested that missionaries to the Caribbean preached a half gospel that did not represent the full truth of the Bible.

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Paco Smith:

The more I hear from Mrs. Purcell, the more I believe that she and I share certain views.

In the midst of the calculated attacks on the church, it is refreshing to know that, out there, some recognise a greater role for the Church in Caribbean society.


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