Au­thor in­spired by God’s call

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By TY­RONE ROACH

UK-BASED BAR­BA­DIAN au­thor Dianne Sealy-sker­ritt launched her de­but book,

When God Calls, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, in the plush sur­round­ings of Radis­son Ho­tel,

Christ Church, Bar­ba­dos.

The melodic sounds of the Cicely Gay Steel Band set the am­bi­ence for the oc­ca­sion. MC was Jewel Forde, tele­vi­sion pro­ducer and pre­sen­ter.

Erma Am­brose, rec­tor of St Paul’s Church, blessed the evening with a stir­ring open­ing prayer. Af­ter a touch­ing in­tro­duc­tion by friend Larry Tatem, Sealy-sker­ritt made a mov­ing speech about the cir­cum­stances that led her to write the book. She ex­plained that the essence of the book ac­knowl­edged God’s call as uni­ver­sal and thanked ev­ery­one for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.

Guest speak­ers paid trib­ute to her, prais­ing her for the book’s con­tent and rel­e­vance and read­ing their favourite sec­tions.

Con­tri­bu­tions came from Mon­ica Newlands, au­thor; Rev. Guy He­witt, for­mer Bar­ba­dos High Com­mis­sioner to Lon­don; Kim Tatem, pro­mo­tion and pub­lic­ity con­sul­tant; and Robert Cum­ber­batch, prin­ci­pal of the Christ Church Foun­da­tion School.

Larry Tatem, Rev. Guy He­witt, for­mer Bar­ba­dos High Com­mis­sioner to Lon­don and Robert Cum­ber­batch.

Erma Am­brose, rec­tor of St Paul’s Church, au­thor Dianne Sealy-sker­ritt, Jewel Forde and Michael Clarke, Archdea­con of the Bar­ba­dos Angli­can Church.

In this thought-pro­vok­ing and highly in­spi­ra­tional book, Sealy-sker­ritt ex­plains how “we can all live the life we were cre­ated to live by lis­ten­ing, hear­ing and re­spond­ing with obe­di­ence to God’s call”.

“Many peo­ple sleep­walk through life with­out ever finding real mean­ing, pur­pose and ful­fil­ment,” she said.

A for­mer pupil of St Matthias and Foun­da­tion schools, Sealy-sker­ritt left Bar­ba­dos at the age of 16 years to join her mother in the UK.

She is a re­tired equal­ity and diver­sity of­fi­cer for the Church of Eng­land, dio­cese of South­well and Not­ting­ham (2007-2016). She is Not­ting­hamshire’s first Caribbean African se­nior so­cial worker.

Her pro­fes­sional back­ground spans man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tancy, adop­tion and foster care.

WESU per­form­ing at Lon­don event. by TY­RONE ROACHTHE Bar­ba­dos Over­seas Com­mu­nity and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion (BOCFA), the UK Bar­ba­dos com­mu­nity’s old­est group, hosted a glit­ter­ing oc­ca­sion at the Hol­i­day Inn, Blooms­bury, to cel­e­brate AN­DREW CHISHOLM en­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence.

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