By Benjamin Flowers: In January, Prime Minister John Briceno announced the appointment of a Minister of Religious affairs in a reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios, and this week Henry Charles Usher, Minister of the Public Service, Constitutional and Political Reform, and Religious Affairs, held his first meeting with religious leaders across faiths and across Belize.
Usher held discussions with representatives from the Council of Churches, National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB), and the Belize Evangelical Association of Churches (BEAC), with participating denominations including Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Queen St. Baptist, Assemblies of God, Life Church Belize, Gospel Chapel, Toledo Faith Outreach Christian Center, and Jubilee Ministries.
“Discussions focused on forging inclusive and productive ties with the church as a critical partner in good governance and effective reform. Also present at the meeting was Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, who provided clarification on the Married Persons (Protection) Act and the Senior Courts Bill,” the Ministry said.
Following the discussions, it was decided that the bills will be sent to those who attended the meeting, so they could review and provide input.