Founder of church pa­rade in­vites car­ni­val­go­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross/Gleaner Writer

BASED ON some neg­a­tive pub­lic re­sponses to the Je­sus in the City, Ja­maica pa­rade, planned for Oc­to­ber 27 this year, pres­i­dent and founder of Je­sus in the City, Toronto, Ayanna Solomon, has said that Ja­maicans should not view the event as beat­ing down car­ni­val.

She has even thrown out an in­vi­ta­tion to all rev­ellers and lead­ers of the na­tion to at­tend.

Solomon told The Gleaner last week that when car­ni­val par­tic­i­pants ex­press “pas­sion for lust, some­thing is re­leased in the at­mos­phere that con­dones cer­tain life­styles, even ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity”. She also said that as they dance, t hey un­know­ingly par­tic­i­pate in a form of wor­ship of the devil.

Per­sons then took to the Gleaner web­site, with one in­di­vid­ual ask­ing, “Oh, the Church has a voice? When all these killings and clergy men are mo­lest­ing un­der­age girls, they re­mained silent”.

An­other per­son said, “Stay in your lane. Church, and fo­cus on the real is­sues”.

Lo­cal cler­gy­man, the Rev­erend As­tor Car­lyle has even cast doubt that the pa­rade will yield suf­fi­cient re­sults.

But, Solomon re­sponded in an in­ter­view ear­lier this week say­ing: “The church is the body of Christ, but the church is not per­fect. We want Je­sus in the City to be not just a pa­rade. We are po­si­tion­ing our­selves to be a spir­i­tual gov­ern­ment, help­ing peo­ple in need. Our vi­sion is to cel­e­brate love for God and peo­ple, through mu­sic, the arts and cul­ture.”

Solo­man added: “We would love for the prime Min­is­ter to be there to ad­dress the crowd. Other par­lia­men­tary lead­ers are all in­vited. Even peo­ple who at­tend car­ni­val, I want them to come to the pa­rade too. Nat­u­rally Chris­tian­ity coun­ter­acts many things, but our hearts are filled with love for peo­ple re­gard­less of their life­styles.”

The pa­rade will in­clude churches of all de­nom­i­na­tions from across Kingston and St An­drew, Port­more and Span­ish Town in St Cather­ine. The float will travel through­out Kingston and St An­drew and cul­mi­nate in down­town Kingston at the wa­ter­front.


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