Uncertain that an attack like the fatal bombing of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka would ever happen in T&T, moderator of the Presbyterian Church Synod, the Reverend Annabell Lalla-Ramkelawan says her flock will follow the World Council of Churches (WCC) and wear black on Thursday in protest of the act.
Speaking to Guardian Media at the Presbyterian’s Easter Parade in San Fernando on Monday, Lalla-Ramkelawan said the church condemns the act and as moderator, she has sent her support to the WCC.
On Sunday, six suicide bombers set off explosions in three churches and hotels, killing 290 people and leaving hundreds injured. Up until yesterday, 24 people were arrested, however, no terrorist group has taken responsibility.
“As the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago, we condemn such an act on such a day as Easter when Christians are at their place of worship to be bombed. As a church in Trinidad, we condemn any form of violence that takes place in any country and in the lives of any people. The Presbyterian Church in Trinidad has joined the World Council of Churches on Thursday in Black, which is a symbol in protesting violence against others. I am hoping that on Thursday when our Synod meets that our members of the Synod would be dressed in black as our way of protesting any form of violence. It is sad what took place in Sri Lanka.
“You know when we look at Trinidad, and the crime and violence, we still have to say, praise the Lord that our churches, our mosques, our temples, we are not being bombed as yet. But you know life is like a circle. We do not know the day it will happen to us. We hope and pray to have that freedom of our worship as a people, but we condemn what happened in Sri Lanka. It is violence against human beings,” Lalla-Ramkelawan said.
She said that the church has had to take protective measures in the past against criminals. She said that in Chaguanas in the early 2000's, security had to be employed because cars were being stolen while members worshipped and someone even stole the collection.
In Arima, protection was sought because of the activities that took place in the area where the church was located.