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Dr. Sentamu starts Jamaican tour: The Church of England Newspaper, January 26, 2012 February 2, 2012

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Dr. Sentamu greeted in Montego Bay by the Minister of State for Tourism Damian Crawford

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Archbishop of York helped kick off celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence this week, preaching at an ecumenical service in Montego Bay on 22 January 2012.

Dr. John Sentamu and his wife will tour Jamaica from 21-31 January as a guest of the island’s Tourist Board and the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and is scheduled to meet with clergy, government leaders and citizens of the Caribbean island nation.

In his sermon last Sunday at St James Parish Church in Montego Bay, Dr. Sentamu urged Jamaicans to tear down the barriers of class and race that divided them.

“The problem of barriers is by no means confined to the ancient world, but there is no room for the fences which we erect and use to separate. Today, there are all sorts of zigzags and crisscrossing separating fences. There is one that includes people as well as colour, culture, ethnicity, gender, public status and greed. You should not allow these elements to dominate your nation when you have Jesus Christ as your foundation.”

“You must ensure that you never make creeds to divide and never set up barriers that serve to keep others from enjoying the beauty and wealth of what God has ordained for everyone,” the archbishop said.

The archbishop is scheduled to preach next Sunday at a special service at the Cathedral in Spanish Town.

He argued that while peace treaties and agreements have been signed all over the world, legal documents, by themselves, could not attain peace and harmony in a nation without expressions by the human element.

In a statement released before his departure for the Caribbean, the UK Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Elizabeth Fox noted that “Jamaicans are deeply religious people and in fact, Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other country in the world. We hope therefore that religious groups and Jamaican Diaspora in the UK will see this as an opportunity to go back and visit during the Archbishop’s visit.”