Barbados’ first ever think-tank spearheaded by the Cathedral Church will be launched this weekend.
Dean of the St Michael’s Cathedral, Reverend Dr Jeffery Gibson said the St Michael Centre for Faith and Action will bring an innovative dimension to the church’s longstanding ministry in Barbados.
“The centre will explore and analyze burning issues affecting the Barbadian society and will put forward solutions informed by an Anglican understanding of Christian theology,” he said at a press launch today, adding that the centre was being established in response to increasing public calls for the church to play a greater role in national issues.
Think-tanks of this kind are common, especially in developed countries, and they play an important role in public debate and the development of public policy by drawing on the specialized knowledge of experts in various fields, engaging in research and presenting the findings for public consideration.
Noting that the centre is a registered charity, Reverend Gibson called on corporate Barbados to assist, so that it could carry out its plans to advance public education and religion, promote causes that are beneficial to the community, and aid in poverty relief.
The think-tank will be launched at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels at 5 p.m. on Sunday.