Suriname 2018

Bishop Karel Cheonnie

The 18th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today was originally scheduled to be held in Suriname from June 12-18, 2016 under the theme “Inculturation and Indigenization : Becoming who we are.” However, with the appointment of  Fr. Karel Marinus Choennie as Bishop of Paramaribo on the 11th November, 2015 and  his episcopal ordination scheduled for 24th January 2016, it was decided in consultation with the planning committee in Suriname to change the venue of the 18th Conference  to St. Lucia ( ST. LUCIA 2016) with the understanding that Suriname would host the 19th conference in 2018.

The Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) is pleased to announce that our 19th Conference (SURINAME 2018) will be held in Paramaribo, Suriname from the 11-15 June, 2018. The venue for the conference is BEZINNINGS-EN VORMINGSCENTRUM ASEWA’OTONO, Prinsessestraat 46, Paramaribo. Under the theme ” Laudato Si”: Caribbean Responses, participants are  invited to enter into dialogue and reflection on the grave challenges posed to the Caribbean region by climate change, environmental degradation, natural disasters and especially, the recent devastating hurricanes.  Guided by Pope Francis’ call for ecological conversion and environmental stewardship, the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) has issued a Call for Papers on “ecology and spirituality, theology and the environment, climate change, the survival and rights of indigenous peoples, or any other area of research involving theological reflection on our Caribbean reality today.” The dead line for submission of abstracts is April 11, 2018, but  registration will continue afterwards.

For information on the conference interested persons are asked to contact Ms. Bernadette Salandy (faberns45@gmail.com) of the conference secretariat. Arrangements for  accommodation should be made with Ms. Milka Troon, Tel: +597 473565 (E-mail: asewa.otono@bisdomparamaribo.org). The contact person for the conference in Suriname is Mr. Paul Tjon Kiem Sang, Tel:+597 425762 (work) or +597 8914191 (mobile) and E-mail : p.tjonkiemsang@bisdomparamaribo.org. Regular Updates on SURINAME 2018 will be published on this website, on our Facebook page and our Twitter account, and will be sent by Whatsapp to  persons who have registered.

New Logo for CTCT

The Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) has a new logo. Designed by Alwyn St. Omer, son of the master St. Lucian artist, Sir Dunstan St. Omer, the logo emerged out of an original painting by the artist entitled “Lan Mè Ho” (“Rough Seas”). It was the artist’s manner of expressing his frustration at the denial of climate change and the impacts on the environment.

New CTCT Logo

When first displayed  during ST. LUCIA 2016, participants unanimously agreed that the painting reflected some of the core concepts behind the mission of CTCT, that is, to develop a way of doing theology which is rooted in our  Caribbean reality.

Alwyn St.Omer with original painting “Lan Mè Ho”

It evoked  the tears and struggles of Caribbean peoples ( the decimation of indigenous peoples and their cultures, the ravages of the Middle Passage and slavery, indentureship, colonialism, neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism)  and the high waves alluded to the rough waters of our fledgling theological enterprise. Through ongoing dialogue with members of the CTCT executive the  artist came up with this final concept which was acceptable to all. For the full story of the logo see “The Making of a Logo”.

Bishop Anthony Dickson to be honored at SURINAME 2018

Bishop Emeritus Anthony Dickson

Bishop Anthony Dickson, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Bridgetown/Kingstown, will be honored by the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) for his pioneering work in environmental advocacy in the church in the Caribbean, during the 18th conference to be held in Suriname, June 11-15, 2018. Long before “the environment” had become fashionable, Bishop Dickson had promoted environmental stewardship and championed the need for ecological spirituality.

 

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Our Father: Prayer and Praxis

Fr. Lambert St. Rose launches new book

lambert-2prayer-and-praxisFr. Lambert J. St. Rose has launched his third publication, an anthology on the relationship between the Lord’s Prayer, spirituality and social justice which is entitled Our Father, Prayer and Praxis. Dedicated to his Eminence Cardinal Kelvin Felix, the book was launched at the auditorium of St. Mary’s College on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 in the presence of the Cardinal.  The book is a collection of 143 poetic meditations divided along eight sections of the Lord’s Prayer (a) Our Father (b) Holy be thy name (c) They kingdom come (d) Give us our daily bread (e) As we forgive (f) Do not put us to the test (g) Deliver us from evil  (h) The kingdom and the power and the glory. The book is edited by Loyola Devaux, J. Harvey and Nahdjla Carasco Bailey with a foreword by Deacon David Popo. The art work for the cover is by Shelly Noon and the book carries a number of sculptural pieces by sculptors Vincent Joseph Eudovic and his son Jallim Eudovic with photo credits to Jallim Eudovic, Carson Millar and Dr. Gilan Maynard. The book is published by Author House ( Edward Brothers Malloy, Thorofare , NJ, USA)  and available from Amazon ( paperback $20.99 and kindle edition $3.99).

Fr. St. Rose’s two previous publications are Helen and her Sister Haiti ( A theological reflection on the social, historical, economic, religious, political and national consciousness with a call to conversion), Author House, 2011; and In Turbulent Waters ( Author House, 2014). Of Fr. St. Rose, Author House writes on the cover of his latest publication ” Famous for his profound sermons and homilies delivered with sterling clarity, the author has undoubtedly captured the hearts and minds of his listening audiences over the years. helen-and-her-sister-haitiNow in his new incarnation as poet and novelist, he is raising eyebrows andin-turbulent-waters stimulating the consciousness of his reading audience to an all-new level. In his anthology, Helen and Her Sister Haiti … he challenged the peoples of St. Lucia and Haiti to take cognizance of their struggles, their victimhood, and their formation as a people in a postindependence era. He further dared them to translate their sojourn into a new religious experience in a manner that will prove they are active participants in the incarnation with Christ Jesus and to experience themselves as dynamic contributors to their ongoing furtherance and development as a people.”

“In a recent novel, In Turbulent Waters ( a best seller at home), he has unearthed the darkest side of his people’s culture and history and again appealed to their good sense to seek the path to conversion and peace. This anthology — Our Father Prayer and Praxis — is again another daring expose of the existing disparity between prayer, spirituality, and social justice. A mind boggling discovery that begs the question, why? Why do we not practice what we pray, and why do we always do the opposite of that for which we pray?”

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Theology Conference, Stimulating and Inspiring

CTCT,SLU 2016, photosSr. Juliana Alexander SJC, provincial leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in the Caribbean, was one of the participants who attended The 18th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) at the Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, in Saint Lucia last week. After the Conference, she tweeted, “Stimulating, inspiring presentations given by dynamic, articulate speakers. Much food for reflection. Well done! Continue the conversation”.  She had been drawn to the Conference by this year’s theme, Inculturation and Indigenization: Becoming Who We Are, and she was not alone. Many others, including professional theologians, clergy, religious and pastoral workers came from the Caribbean and as far away as the United States, Belgium and Japan.  This year’s Conference possessed an ecumenical and interdisciplinary range as well, welcoming voices from Protestant churches, religious and Caribbean studies; a  range in keeping with the ecumenical and interdisciplinary nature of Caribbean theology.

Archbishop Robert Rivas, O.P., officially began the conference with Mass, and attended a number of sessions. Archbishop Joseph Harris CSSp, the liaison between the Conference and the Antilles Episcopal Conference, was scheduled to attend but extended his apologies. A special feature of this year’s gathering occurred on June 15th when the Conference hosted the priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Castries for a special Clergy Study Day, where they attended Conference presentations and  dialogued with participants  on the theme.

Another feature of this year’s Conference was The Cheryl Herrera Memorial Lecture, entitled “Nuff  Respect : Claiming Space for Women in the Caribbean Church”  presented by Dr. Alison McLetchie of Claflin University, South Carolina, USA. Dr. McLetchie, a Trinidadian, spoke on the historic, current, and future possibilities of the many roles and places women occupy in the Caribbean Church. Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins of the University of the West Indies, Mona, gave a critical response, entitled “Ooman, Small Up in the Space”.

The Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today, in keeping with its tradition of meeting around the Caribbean, plans to reconvene in Suriname in June, 2018.  Its activities and conference papers can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, and on  its website: www.caribbeantheologytoday.net

CTCT, Editorial Committee

June 21, 2016

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ST. LUCIA 2016 attracts regional and international participants

Twenty-two regional and international participants have registered for the 18th Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today which will be held in St. Lucia [ST. LUCIA 2016], June 12-18 at the newly renamed Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre. Coming only days after  snap general elections in St. Lucia, which has brought in a new government, this year’s conference under the theme “Inculturation and Indigenization: Becoming Who We Are” has attracted participants from Europe, the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, the Bahamas, Curacao and host, St. Lucia.

Joe Harris (2)

According to conference coordinator Msgr. Patrick Anthony  “To date, Trinidad & Tobago has the largest contingent of 10. There are four participants registered from the United States, 1 from Belgium, and 1 each from Jamaica, Bahamas, and Curacao. “ A number of local clergy, religious and laity are also expected to participate.

Archbishop Joseph Harris CSSp, of Port-of-Spain, one of the founders of the conference, and now the liaison between the conference and the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will be in attendance. Archbishop Robert Rivas OP of Castries will officiate at the opening Mass of the conference on Monday June 13.

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