Baptists to host Town Hall Conversation on Crime and Violence

Jamaica Baptist Union to host town hall meeting on crime and violence

The Jamaica Baptist Union will be hosting a town hall meeting on crime and violence as part of activities for its 168th General Assembly, scheduled for February 21- 25.

The town hall meeting, will discuss the topic of Crime, Community and the Church on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boulevard Baptist Church. The panel will include Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ President Howard Mitchell, Acting Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake, Founding Member of the Violence Prevention Alliance, Bradley Edwards and will be guided by Journalist, Earl Moxam. The public may participate in and follow the discussion by using the hashtag #JBUCrimeCommunityChurch across Facebook and twitter platforms.

The town hall meeting is part of a series of actions in which the Union has been engaging its churches, as it stands against lawlessness and indiscipline in the society.

General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, the Rev Karl B Johnson says that at its most recent Executive Meeting, the Jamaica Baptist Union gave its commitment to support the security forces in “defeating the monster of crime and violence by sharing with the appropriate authorities any information concerning nefarious activities.”

Johnson says that all the churches in the Union have been asked to take a stand against the ‘informa fi dead’ culture by “committing to be silent no more.”

 “We are conscious of some challenges that traditionally prevent us from telling what we know and so we are issuing a call to find creative ways to use our existing machinery to mobilize ourselves into a conduit for information sharing,” Johnson explains.

The Jamaica Baptist Union has also committed to making their church buildings a safe space where persons can “come clean, own up and experience the liberation and protection that Christ offers.” Johnson says that the Union intends to target the rampant indiscipline on the roads:

“In time past, we were quick to point an accusatory finger at our public transport providers, but the fact is that madness and mayhem seem to have overtaken all of us on the roads. This, of course, is symptomatic of the lawlessness which has overtaken the nation. It is an area in which we could successfully - without the deployment of overwhelming financial resources - put our collective foot down on the side of the rule of law.”

The General Secretary appealed to the public to be more disciplined road users and urged commuters to boycott public passenger vehicles that are abusing road traffic laws relating to parking, speeding, and overtaking.

In addition to the town hall meeting, the five-day 168th General Assembly will have corporate worship, lectures, as well as, a partnership fair on Friday, February 23 on the grounds of  the Boulevard Baptist Church between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. The partnership fair is organised to give the public access to a range of social and commercial services and related information. The fair will see exhibitions mounted by stakeholders from various public and private sector organizations including but not limited to the Guardian Life mobile health clinic, Registrar General Department (RGD), Passport and Immigration Citizens Agency (PICA), Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Cari-Med Limited, Heart Trust / National Training Agency (HEART / NTA), and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)

Contact:  Karl B Johnson
General Secretary, JBU


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