THE CHURCH AND IT'S LIBERATION
A real productive life which meets the needs of the people, and the need for new patterns and efffective participation, in the decision making which determine their future life, can only be obtained through LIBERATION. In this case Liberation becomes the Mother of achievement for a new progressive and productive life. On the other hand, dependency demands the opposite in the improvement of one's life. (Abba Yesehaq)
THE DAILY GLEANER, SATURDAY MAY 23, 1970
1. Visiting Archimandrite Laike M. Mandefro Head and Administrator of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the United States, on Wednesday afternoon paid a courtesy call on the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Dr. Neville Gallimore at his Ministry, Dr. Gallimore welcomed the Archimandrite to Jamaica.
Both men then discussed the proposed establishment of a branch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jamaica.
The Archimandrite disclosed that there would be a baptism of 300 souls in Jamaica shortly and that he hoped to have a pastor from Africa to guide them.
2. He also said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was one of the oldest Churches on earth dating back to the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Dr. Gallimore pointed out that it was not the action of The Government to muzzle any religious belief. Archimandrite Mandefro was accompanied by his aide Deacon Abba Petros, Mr. Gilbert Arscott secretary of the Ethiopian mission in Jamaica, Brother Hibbert organizer of the Mission, Mr. Cecil Gordon chairman of the Mission and the Reverend Henry Muir from Yahweh Little Flock Assembly.
4. Deacon Tsadik said that Archimandrite Laike M.Mandefro is expected to arrive in the island
in September to conduct baptisms and further instruction classes.
Following his recent visit to Jamaica the Archimandrite wrote to the Patriarch of the of the Church in Ethiopia, His Grace Abuna Theophilos advocating the sending of "...a priest of high and noble character" to Administer the Church in Jamaica. The Patriarch, Deacon Tsadik said, had now written to the Archimandrite giving him jurisdiction over the Church in Jamaica, as well as in the United States.
Registrations are being received 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at Ebenezer hall as well as during the 3:30 P.M. services. Registration secretary is Mr. G. Arscott who is also Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church here. Following a special Sunday morning service, to be held at a venue to be announced, Deacon Tsadik will be' accompanied by a motorcade around the Corporate Area, ending at the Pallsadoes Airport from which he will depart for New York at 2:30 P.M.
3. Deacon Gabre Tsadik of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been in the island for some time now conducting services and Instruction Classes for more than 600 persons who have registered to become members of the Church in Jamaica. Deacon Tsadik will be in Jamaica until July 19. In the meantime he is conducting services and instruction classes at Ebenezer Hall, Spanish Town Road at 10:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. on weekdays and at 7.00 p.m. on Sundays. In an interview with the GLEANER, Deacon Tsadik said that he is Impressed with the Religious spirit that exists here. Jamaica in this respect, he said, is to be compared with Ethiopia. He said over 140 new candidates have already been enrolled for baptism.