Barbados Gospelfest

Started in 1993, through the then-ministry of tourism in Barbados, the Barbados Gospelfest has evolved over the past 30 years as one of the Caribbeans premiere gospel music festivals. 

Activities will include engagement with the Anglican seminary students and staff at the Codrington College on 23 May. On 25 May, there will be a “Pastors and Church Leaders Breakfast” which will gather representatives from across the ecumenical spectrum, not just WCC member churches. 

WCC programme director for Public Witness and Diakonia Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata will bring greetings from the WCC and share on the Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity, as well as the objectives of the WCC and its ways of working. In addition, the WCC Commission of the Churches on Health and Healing and its scope of work—particularly related to HIV and mental health—will be introduced by Dr Manoj Kurian, director of the commission. 

The breakfast will be followed by a mental health expose during which Gracia Violeta Ross, WCC programme executive for HIV, Reproductive Health, and Pandemics will be making presentations alongside local experts in the field. 

On 27 May, Ross will offer a public lecture, "Living with H.I.V. Hope, Inspiration & Vision,” at the Calvary Moravian Church in Barbados. She will explore the concepts of hope, inspiration, and vision based on the biblical mandate and the example of living with HIV. A question-and-answer session will then offer the opportunity for enhanced theological discussions on hope as part of holistic healing.

Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, WCC programme executive for Spiritual Life, will be once again leading another year of the Hymnspeak programme on 28 May at the St Mary’s Anglican Church. This is an evening of worship featuring an ecumenical choir and local musicians. The theme for this year comes from the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy.” 

Three WCC member churches are based in Barbados: Moravians, Methodists and Anglicans.