The Trinidad and Tobago Interfaith Council (TTIC) of New York with the kind patronage of the Consulate General of The Republic of Trinidad Tobago held its inaugural interfaith, intercultural and interdisciplinary program in recognition and their Caribbean heritage and in celebration of Black History month in New York recently.
The event was held under the theme “One People, One Mission, One Victory” the “Pioneers of Social Change,” at the Sri Trimurti Bhavan Temple in Queens. People representing the Caribbean-American Diaspora attended the event. It began with prayers by the religious leaders and a welcome address by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, president of the mandir. It then moved into an address by Dr. Glenville Ashby, event organizer and chairman. He urged the participants gathered to be actively engaged in the process of crossing the divide of religion and ethnicity.
Dr. Ashby noted, “New voices and new issues are challenging our traditional understanding of whom and what we are as a people.” He further added that although the situations we now experience may seem to be new, there are many parallels in other parts of the world; hence the interfaith event was organized, “to promote understanding and accommodation between the two largest ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam, the Consul General, said there was a need for action, reconciliation and empowerment to bring people together of all faiths across the Caribbean and North America. The key highlight of the event though was a discussion panel which was moderated by author Nandi Keyi Ogunlade.
Topics discussed included the “Theology of Caribbean American Economics and Finance,” where author and former economist Dr. Donald Reid spoke of the importance for the TTIC to play an active role not only in religious affairs but also in the economic ones of the Caribbean community at large.
They also looked at “Liberation Theology” and “Youth Technology and Culture.” The day’s events ended with an intercultural presentation, which comprised poetry, song, dance and music by steel pan artiste Patrick Davis.
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