CARIBBEAN ECUMENISM Joop Vemooij This contribution wants to give an evaluation of the history and the actual situation of ecumenism in our region, the Caribbean. We will give special emphasis to the development of the CCC, the Carribean Conference of Churches (since 1973). It is a strange story of people with a European and African background (black slavery) and a mixed culture of East and the West (indenture labor from the East), the North and the South. The history of the Christian churches in the Caribbean dates from the beginning of the Conquista and the times of slave trade and slavery. This combination makes the position of the Christian churches in the region remarkable: they were connected with the colonial powers and the masters of other of human beings, with the inheritance of the discord and rivalry among the Christian churches of Europe. The Caribbean is defined by the history of slavery: to the colonial powers of Europe the region became known as the West Indies. Some- times scholars also include parts of Venezuela and Central America and parts of the Southern United States of America: the extended beaches of the Caribbean sea. Mostly the region consists of
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Published: Jan 1, 1999
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