Religions agree on bonding

Bishop Dr John Holder is urging religions in Barbados to work hand in hand in an effort to ease some of society’s ills and issues.

Holder, who is also Archbishop of the West Indies, made the plea yesterday as he delivered remarks during reception for leaders and representatives of the Christian community of Barbados, hosted by the Barbados Muslim Association at the Jumma Mosque in Kensington New Road in Fontabelle, St Michael.

The Anglican leader said that given the challenges the country was currently facing, there was a need for religions to bond to do what was good, right, helpful and hopeful for the nation.

At Muslim reception, Senator Dr David Durant, Archbishop Dr John Holder and members of the Muslim faith, including Suleiman Bulbulia (at far right).
At Muslim reception, Senator Dr David Durant, Archbishop Dr John Holder and members of the Muslim faith, including Suleiman Bulbulia (at far right).

“There cannot be any stronger bond than love that can knit us together as human beings. In this small community of Barbados, there is very little space to exploit differences for negative purposes.

“I think that Islam and Christianity each stand on some very solid ground, and on which we can build the kind of fellowship and relationship that can make this country of ours better,” he said.

Holder said he believed it was important to have encounters such as yesterday’s reception because one of the most important challenges before the religions of the world was finding common ground on “which we can stand to make this world a better place”.

He highlighted too that at the heart of both Christianity and Islam was the belief God wanted his people to manifest and share his love in the world.

Senator Dr David Durant of Restoration Ministries said he immediately accepted the invitation because he also saw the need for such talks to take place.

In his remarks, Durant emphasized that the Muslim community and churches in Barbados needed to work together because unity was strength, adding that wherever possible there was an opportunity to unite, it should be grasped.

“Whatever issues there are, I think that level of unity will be important as we continue to look forward to making Barbados a better place to live in, to raise our children, to work, to do business and to fulfil the purpose of our lives,” Durant said.

Secretary of the Muslim Association, Suleiman Bulbulia, also stressed that as two of the major Abrahamic faiths in the world, it was imperative Christians and Muslims found a common ground on issues confronting society.

Bulbulia noted that the respective faiths shared much in common in its moral and social teachings –– teachings which he stressed were sadly being eroded in our country today.

“Our community reassures each and every one of you, and the congregations that you lead, that as we uphold the tenets of our faith we do so knowing that our religious beliefs command to respect the dignity of all human beings and acknowledge the fact that we all came from one father and one mother, Adam and Eve, peace be upon them both.”

Bulbulia also indicated that a few months ago, he was heartened to know the support that came from several Christian leaders when a mosque housing project in Clermont was the subject of intense public debate.

8 Responses to Religions agree on bonding

  1. allison archer May 23, 2015 at 8:35 am

    there is no way possible that there could be unity in diversity, does not exist. muslims doctrine do not believe in Jesus Christ, the Anglicans doctrine believes mary is a god, Durant is clearly compromising, you have to clearly walk away from Lord Jesus to actually entertain these ideas from mankind.
    if preachers stop living hypocritical lives and just preach the gospel for the foolishness of preaching is the power of God society will not be like this.
    prophecy is being revealed right before our eyes in the latter days many will fall away from the faith

  2. allison archer May 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Suleiman Bulbulia there is no common ground. Jesus never found common ground with false teachers in his day, all three of you need to repent of your sins and turn to the Living God in order to be saved and then God will have a vessel to free society from the yokes and bondages you three continue to place on the backs of men
    for HE is a God who loves to exercise Loving kindness, Righteousness and Justice on earth

  3. Kevin May 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

    They can be common ground. One common theme in the major religions is the belief in one supreme god. The difference is the different deities / gods that one ‘worship’ to get to the supreme god. E.g Christians have Jesus, Muslims have Muhammad, Hindus have Lord Shiva etc etc.

    • Kevin May 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

      And on another note it doesnt have to even boil down to who worships who. Lets just come together to see if we can treat certain ills in the society like poverty.

  4. Don Reid May 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I have been saying for a while now,that many of these popular picture loving prosperity preachers ,will lead many souls down a path of lies and construction. How in God`s beautiful earth can Dr Durant even sit in that place where they worship Mohammed. These men do not worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but blasphems Him. How can you even sit with these men to discuss unity? And to say Muslims and Christians both stand on th same solid ground? Are you insane sir? No we do not. They worship things made with the hands of men, Mecca, and we worship God and His only begotten Son Jesus. Where is the the similarities in that? But you see money, it makes men loose their way and spine when it is flashed in front of them. As Alison Archer so rightly said. If you are not there to preach Christ crucified,then you should not be there. The arch bishop on the other hand can fit into anything because they deny Jesus and worship mary. But many must fall away from the faith in the latter days.

  5. jr May 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Dear,all you religious leaders, stop your words ,stop your bible waving, all of this was going on for a very long, long time ,what we call history, this has taken us no where . The people of Barbados and the region , we need businesses, we need to start manufacturing , some of the products we all import, we don’t need 100 churches, but we need 100 businesses so our people can work ,earn a living to support and educate they families if we need inspiration, lets all remember our great (NELSON MANDELA) he is real.

  6. allison archer May 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    One common theme in the major religions is the belief in one supreme god.

    no Kevin there is only One Supreme God One and the only way to Him is through His Son Jesus Christ John 14:6 all others are false gods.
    it has to come to who we worship because one god wants you to strap a bomb to your body and kill everyone who does not believe in him, another god wants you to worship mary, another god wants you to stop eating meat and worship on Saturdays, another god wants you to have same sex marriages, another god want you to drink blood and offer babies as sacrifices and the Living God clearly forbids all these sins
    there is no unity in diversity, you have to believe and obey all Lord Jesus commands, then the poor will be help for the Christian will take them to God not to religion trying to do a thing

  7. jr smith May 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Freedom of speech, democracy, who believes in what. this is waiting for moderation.


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