President David Granger has issued a call on the church to take the lead role in helping to address social ills such as suicide, interpersonal violence, poverty and drug and alcohol abuse, which plague communities. He also underscored the critical role of faith-based organisations in fostering social cohesion and national unity. The President was at the time speaking at the fifth anniversary of the Solomon’s Temple, located at Phillipi Village, Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne.
A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency said Mr. Granger told the congregation that if the church has a greater influence in communities, gradually the negative aspects of the culture of the Corentyne will be transformed from a ruthless confrontational type society to one of peace and compassion.
“The church cannot close its eyes. It cannot be unaware of the causes and only act when the consequences become unbearable and painful… The Christian Church, as one of the oldest institutions, together with the Hindu and Islamic faiths, has a duty to act to help to eliminate the social problems that afflict the Region. The Church must attend to a person’s spiritual as well as material needs. The Church’s mission has a social character,” President Granger said.