JIS News

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has called on the church to help the country get back to its core values where there was an emphasis on the family, positive values and attitudes, and a sense of right and wrong.
He expressed concern that so much of the nation’s conscience has been damaged and that the society has become so hard that there is a numbness among people in terms of how they live.
‘We can never find happiness and comfort if that happiness and comfort only exist within that narrow fence that we build around our lives’, the Prime Minister warned.
Mr Golding was speaking at the annual outreach fundraiser of the St Andrew Parish Church Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman islands, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday night (June 13).
He said there are some people in society who believe that that you can pull a curtain and shut out everything that is ugly or that makes you feel guilty. ‘What we have found overtime is that as this backlog of neglect and indifference accumulates, it starts to put pressure on our fence until we find that there is hardly any room to turn around’.
He commended the St Andrew Parish Church and other Churches but confessed that despite the effort of the church the problem seems to be worsening .’The sooner we get back to the days where we can lay down some things and say these are the things we believe and although we may not always adhere to them, they provide the compass that determines our behaviour and our relationship to each other. Until we get to that stage, you are going to find more and more demands for the wonderful work that you do and despite your faith, it will become impossible to respond’, he said.
Mr Golding said Government s trying to play its part and has established a unit a Jamaica House to try to reach back and pull on the values and attitudes and the family programmes , to wrap it all together in a new crusade. He has asked the Church to lead it and to pull together all the Government agencies which are involved with social interaction with society as well as to harness the work of the non-government agencies to work together to achieve more. ‘The intention is to try and see of we can get back to ‘that thing’ we call Jamaica where people held each other and clung to each other and shared the values that allowed us to cling together, he concluded.
Rev Major Sirrano Kitson of the St Andrew Parish Church outlined the scope and work of the church over the years referring specifically to the St Andrew Settlement community project which provides assistance to over 7,000 persons and is credited with being a major contributing factor in the comparatively low crime rate in the community of Majesty Gardens.