Mandeville, Jamaica: 300 Pastors and Elders Ready for the First Festival of Religious Freedom in Jamaica
On Monday, November 10, Jamaica’s Religious Liberty leader Nigel Coke and Pastor Everett Brown, Union President of the Adventist Church in Jamaica, invited 300 pastors and church leaders to the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manchester, Jamaica to prepare for the 2015 First Religious Freedom Festival. IRLA Secretary General Dr. John Graz, the guest speaker, gave a report on the state of religious freedom in the world and the increase of religious intolerance. Graz called the participants to mobilize church members from all churches and faiths to celebrate religious freedom in Jamaica.
“The concept of the Festival is to say a public thanks to God and to the country for this essential freedom. The message you will send to your government and to the world will be: We love religious freedom and we want to keep it!” said Graz. Nigel Coke gave information about the event that will be held on January the 24th in Kingston in the main arena. 7,000 people are expected to attend. It will be a full day event with lectures, speeches and concerts. Awards will be given. The government of Jamaica will be represented and religious leaders from all faiths have already been invited. The keynote speaker of this event will be the IRLA President: Ambassador Robert Seiple. Dr. John Graz and Dr. Ganoune Diop will also participate in the program.
Nigel Coke, the organizer of the event, said that the new Jamaican Religious Liberty Association will be officially introduced during this historic event.