In our society, the practice of religious freedom is often taken for granted. Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day, however, is a reminder that freedom was ultimately fought for and earned by our ancestors.
Just 66 years ago, the Shouters’ Prohibition Ordinance of 1917 was repealed and the Spiritual Baptists allowed to practice their faith openly. TheMayor and Arima Borough Council thought it imperative, that this feat should not go unnoticed in our borough.
At a ceremony yesterday (Wednesday 29th March, 2017), the entire council joined with the Spiritual Baptists for a thanksgiving ceremony at the Arima Townhall. The council was pleased to use the occasion to honour the past and present achievements of the faith. This is a part of the council’s commitment to ensure that all burgesses feel appreciated by their leaders. Mayor Morris-Julian promises that this would be the first of many thanksgiving services for the Spiritual Baptists which are supported by the Arima Borough Council.
- Her Worship Councillor Lisa Morris- Julian