The faith and religious affairs meetings held across the islands aimed to foster increased engagement between political and religious leaders to ensure that the views of church bodies are taken into account in all national decision-making initiatives. .
The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, as part of its Citizens’ Contract and 200 Day Program, has expressed a desire to form a Religious Affairs Unit within the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, fishing and maritime affairs, culture and heritage, agriculture and games. The main objective, among others, is to unify and improve relations between faith-based organizations, to empower citizens through supportive initiatives, and to look after the interests and affairs of the religious sector of the economy. .
Commitment meetings on faith and religious affairs in all the islands were well attended. The clergy expressed their concerns and were thrilled to support overarching unit goals and objectives that will not only impact our society, but address the social ills in our community.
Recognizing the need for a unified and enhanced relationship among faith-based organizations, the Turks and Caicos Islands government has sought to empower its citizens by supporting faith-based initiatives aimed at building capacity, institutions and programs that will help reduce poverty. poverty and to improve the quality of life more specifically, the vulnerable people of our society.
Hon. Connolly commented, “It is the intention of my government to foster a closer relationship between clergy and political leaders to ensure that the views of ecclesiastical bodies are acted upon. Members of the clergy were satisfied with the objectives of my ministry and the initiatives proposed. My team and I have also received feedback from clergy on how the proposed initiative can be successful and sustainable. This initiative will not only impact our communities, but will have a greater influence on youth development, specifically addressing the social ills that exist within our community. Our religious leaders are often the first point of contact for our people and so it is important that they, our religious leaders, not only have a seat, but a voice at the decision-making table. Through my ministry, the government looks forward to fostering a closer relationship with our faith-based organizations.
The tour concluded in Providenciales at the Shore Club with over 40 leaders of various faiths in attendance on Thursday, March 3, 2022.