Exhibit to launch in Jamaica detailing the history of the Disciples of Christ in Jamaica
The Disciples of Christ (DOC) in Jamaica was the first successful overseas mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. December 13, 2017, is the 25th Anniversary of the DOC in Jamaica becoming part of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). The anniversary is even more significant as it falls within the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 – 2024).
An Exhibition will be launched in February 2018, which will detail and archive the history of the former DOC in Jamaica. The Exhibition will be held at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) in Kingston. Foci of the exhibition include the early history of the DOC, Oberlin High School, women in the DOC, and the DOC and Ecumenism.
Since August 2017, Dr. Pansy Hamilton and Reverend Dr. Marjorie Lewis have been working to videotape interviews with former DOC leaders and members, collect documents and memorabilia, prepare documents and identify artifacts, and fundraise for the Exhibition. This project has been supported by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI), the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), Global Ministries, and individuals.