Have you ever heard about the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today, better known as CTCT? Well, CTCT is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. According to CTCT’s working mission, their goal is: “To foster and celebrate pastorally grounded theological reflection in a relational Caribbean space.”
CTCT’s main venture is “a theological Conference held biennially in different Caribbean locations.” This year however, the CTCT will host its scheduled Conference virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the first virtual conference that CTCT is hosting and it will take place during November from the 8th to the 12th. The theme for this year’s virtual conference is: The COVID Effect: Turning The Tide. Priests, pastors, pundits, imams, lay persons, theologians, academic researchers, religious workers and ordinary thinkers are encouraged to prepare reflections and make presentations at what is undoubtedly one of the most important conferences to be hosted by the CTCT. Presentations will allow for the varied forms of expression common to Caribbean people, including dance, poetry, song, visual arts or paper presentations.
Yet, Not many know of the beginnings of this organisation. The conference’s founding members comprised of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris, the late Fr. Michel de Verteuil and Msgr. Patrick Anthony . The Pastoral Centres of the Archdioceses of Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia, along with the Diocese of Dominica, all played vital roles as they took on the role of being sponsors of the first Conferences held. In February 1994, the first conference which lasted for three days was held in Saint Lucia. Sixty-one participants comprising of: clergy, religious and laity from a number of Caribbean countries, in addition to participants from the United States of America, took part in this conference. CTCT has now grown into a space consisting of Caribbeanists (Caribbean people and those with Caribbean roots or those who live in and study about or have any connection with the Caribbean). They are brought together by faith and strive to provide a safe environment in which theological reflections can be discussed openly. Through these discussions, members are given the opportunity to form personal and spiritual relationships as they continue to explore and share their different religious experiences as fellow brothers and sisters in the Caribbean.
By: Ottrisha Carter