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Maracas Valley church leaders unite to discuss community issues

Ecumenical dialogue and collaborative church efforts are underway in Maracas Valley, St Joseph.

Religious leaders involved in the community of Lluengo, Maracas Valley including St Michael’s Roman Catholic Parish, the Anglican Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Shofar (the Voice of God) International have been having meetings to pray about and discuss crime, unity and community reconciliation.

Fr Mikhail Woodruffe O Carm told Catholic News that the leaders agree that these community initiatives require the example of unity by the various churches in the community. The collaborative effort has since been termed ‘Servants of God’.

The first initiative out of these meetings is a Joint Prayer Assembly that will take place nightly, 6.45 p.m. at the Lluengo Basketball Court on February 6 to 9. Each church will lead a night with other churches actively present and participating.

This collaboration was initiated by members of the community who expressed the need for peacebuilding and thought the best way is by prayer. Other community-based initiatives are being discussed and considered.

St Michael’s RC Parish will collaboratively lead the first night teamed with the St Martin in the Valley Anglican Church. The final night will include all churches, with a programme of prayer, worship, and intercession.