Over 600 delegates (called the laity or spiritual ambassadors) from 54 countries across the Inter-American Division will converge at the University of the Southern Caribbean’s campus throughout the period August 8-11for cross-cultural training in missions. This international event will take place in the University’s Auditorium and is the second major event to take place in the building since its completion in May 2018.
Some objectives of the Festival of the Laity include: equip the laity with leadership and diversity skills, help foster a deeper understanding of mission and provide insight on how to use various strategies to reach oppressed and hurting individuals.
According to Dr. Clive Dottin, Director of Cross-Cultural Mission at the Caribbean Union Conference of SDA, the event taking place in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will benefit not just the T&T, but the wider Caribbean in a big way. Speaking to the national media, he thanked Dr. Hilary Bowman, President of USC and his team, and Dr. Kern Tobias, President of the Caribbean Union Conference of SDA for working to ensure that the event is a success.
Faculty and staff of the University will be heavily involved to ensure the success of this event which begins on Wednesday August 8, 2018 with an opening ceremony at 6:00pm.
All are invited to attend the opening ceremony and the Sabbath Service and Parade of Nations on August 11, 2018.