August 17, 2007

SDA charts new course

The Seventh Day Adventist community of St.Vincent and the Grenadines will this Sunday stage an important meeting which will chart a new course for the religious body.{{more}}

Delegates drawn from various constituencies throughout mainland St.Vincent, and the Northern and Southern Grenadines, will convene at the Kingstown Seventh Day Adventist Church on August 19 at 9:30 a.m., to discuss the imminent territorial adjustment from the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.

This means that come September 1, the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, which for the last 8 years, had as its members St.Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados, will no longer be an entity, and as a consequence, this country’s Seventh Day Adventist community will fall under the direct leadership of the Caribbean Union Conference (CUC).

When contacted, Eugene Daniel, President of the CUC, said that St.Vincent and the Grenadines stands to benefit significantly from being attached directly to the union. He added, the religious organization here will have autonomy since a local committee will be established to manage the day-to-day affairs of the church.

“This brings the leadership closer to the people,” said Daniel of the impending territorial adjustment.

Recognising that such adjustments can pose challenges, Daniel said that the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists once consisted of the chain of islands running from the United States Virgin Islands down to Grenada, but there were no challenges which could not have been overcome.

“In terms of change there will be some teething problems but nothing that cannot be managed.”(HN)