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The book Reinventing Caribbean Methodism for contemporary society is a collection of lectures, articles and sermons that are systematized to make a compelling case for a new vision of Caribbean Methodism that is more relevant to the needs and aspirations of contemporary Caribbean societies. To make the case for this new vision, comparisons are drawn between the experiences of the Hebrew people who rose from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land and the Caribbean people who rose from freedom in Africa to the slavery in the plantations of the Caribbean. Beginning with theoretical aspects of theology, the articles explore Methodism not only as a belief, but also as a social practice through missions and missionaries. Provocatively, the author asks, does the Church have a mission or does God’s mission have a Church?

Reinventing Caribbean Methodism from these experiences and as a social practice, the book offers an interpretive method by which to engage in God’s mission: analysis of the social and historical circumstances from which an event or experience and those in which they take place. interpreter.

With this basis for doing assignments or a method of interpretation by which to do assignments, one might think that the offerings in this volume are framed by social practices and beliefs. What will be uncovered, however, is a framework of inquiry that begins with the revelation, the fact that God exists. Talking about God does not arise from a vacuum. Talking about God arises from particular circumstances.


Simply saying “God” makes little sense. But if we say “Pupa God” or “God liberator”, God is immediately placed in particular circumstances which give identity and meaning to who God is and to what God does. The existence of God, however, does not depend on human knowledge. God is. All this to say that the structure of this book begins with the divine-human experience and is followed by offerings on the beliefs and social practices of missions in various contexts and of individuals and congregations on mission.

After two attempts to establish an autonomous church, from 1804 to 1903 and 1967, and a restructuring in 1997, all aimed at moving from a connectionalism of dependency to a connectionalism of responsibility, its influence in society today is chiefly that of a chaplain, an increase in the diminishing of its membership, and a continuing struggle to shape the patterns and practices which can best serve to fulfill the missions to which it is compelled by the love of Christ, it is perhaps there is still time for the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) to reset, reinvent new ways of being Methodist and living Methodism in contemporary Caribbean societies. For this reset, here in this volume is a mission interpretation strategy that every class and class leader, every church school and church school teacher, every congregation, priest and deacon can use to live and practice Methodism wherever there is a vision for missions.

The author states: “While the church is both the people of God and the living faith community of the living Christ in the world, it is also a community of believers who have been gathered from among the inhabitants of a specific region.” He then argues: “If it is true that it is the context that should qualify the church, then what we will have is the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas instead of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas. To know who we are, we have to know where we come from”.

Author: Oral A. W. Thomas

Copyright: Reverend Dr. Oral AW Thomas

Publisher: Faith Works Press

ISBN: 978-976-95163-2-8

Copies of the book can be purchased at United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), 7 Golding Avenue, Kingston 7, Telephone: 876-927-2868

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