The Methodist Church Dominica Circuit has launched an exhibition, ‘This is Methodism’, in conjunction with its two hundred and thirtieth anniversary in the island.
The exhibition, themed ‘A Celebration of our Heritage- Embracing our Mission’, officially launched on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.
“Our purpose for coming here this afternoon as we celebrate our two hundred and thirtieth anniversary, our fiftieth year as an autonomous conference, the MCCA, and even as we celebrate today, we remember that we are indeed celebrating our heritage, embracing our mission,” Reverend Ruth Pratt, Church Presbyter said during the launch.
Circuit Superintendent Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah said the exhibition displays over two hundred and fifty years of Methodism inclusive of the two hundred and thirty years it has been here on the island.
“It reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of us and that we are assisted and aided by those who work alongside us and of course we need to preserve our history and our heritage as we seek to appreciate these so that generations who come after us would find us faithful.”
Reverend Dr. Josiah added, “I often think the way in which we regard our history and our heritage, it is always something about the past not realizing that we are part of history and that we have a responsibility, we have a stewardship to ensure that that history is recorded, that heritage is appreciated or else we would not have anything to celebrate.”
He continued, “Our children and grandchildren and their children’s children would not have a shred of what it means to be a Methodist, of what it means to be a people and so first of all we need to appreciate our role as part of this process.”
According to Dr Josiah, this exhibition “reminds us of who we are as a people and it allows us to chart the course as to where we are going to go and who we will be in the future”.
The ‘This is Methodism’ exhibition will remain mounted for a number of weeks until June 7 2017. For the next two weeks it will open daily from 9AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday at the UWI Open Campus’ old library.
It will then move on to the Wesley- Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall and then the Mt Wallis Faith Hall in Portsmouth.
“So please spread the word around and encourage your family members and friends to be a part of this exhibition,” Reverend Dr. Josiah told the attendees.
“I pray that as we partake in this exhibition it would indeed prod us one to embrace our heritage and to embrace our mission, ‘Celebrate our Heritage-Embracing our Mission’,” Dr Josiah said.