Crossing Boundaries: Building Bridges to Combat COVID-19 in the Caribbean

Caribbean regional webinar on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 July

08:00 Western Caribbean

09:00 Eastern Caribbean

15:00 CEST

(Zoom link below)

A regional reflection on how the Caribbean Church worked across geopolitical and denominational lines to address Covid-19 and natural disasters at all levels.

Moderator: Mrs. Jennifer Martin Education in Mission Secretary, Caribbean and North America Council for Mission, Co-Moderator: Pilgrimage Justice and Peace World Council of Churches.

Opening formalities                                                                

  • Welcome & prayer
  • Video Greeting Prof Isabel Phiri 


Part I – Crossing Boundaries: Overcoming Obstacles

Voices from the follwing churches:

  • Moravian Church in Jamaica & the Cayman Islands
  • Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas
  • Convention Baptiste de Haïti (French)
  • Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba
  • Moravian Church, Eastern West Indies Province
  • Jamaica Baptist Union
  • Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (Spanish)

Part II – ‘Building Bridges: Strength in Unity’

  • Excerpt from Hon Mia Motley’s interview with Christiane Amanpour
  • Dr Byron responds                                                                              
    • In all her interview, we note that the Hon Mia Motley always spoke on behalf of small and developing island states. With the plethora of multilateral regional agencies such as CARICOM, CDB, PAHO, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which often work together to address disasters and other emergencies as they arise. How do you envision churches in the region building bridges with multilateral organizations to realize all-inclusive response to the disasters, pandemic and other factors, which threaten the life and livelihood of our constituencies?
  • Responses from panel
    • CBdH    - disaster management response
    • IPRC     - humanitarian response
    • EWIP    - sub-regional response

Part III – Questions from the floor/Further Discussion 

Alternatively, leaders may be asked to respond to the following:

  • (other) church leaders’ response to Dr Byron’s proposals
  • What was the joint effort by churches to address the threats posed by Covid-19 Soufriere eruption and other disasters?
  • What was the role of the national/regional Councils of Churches?

Closing remarks


Join us on Zoom (6 July)


Meeting ID: 819 6437 9645

Passcode: 034469