50 years ago: Bodden Town Christmas message – bury the hate

In the Dec. 22, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote: 

“This will be my last article before the Christmas anniversary and so I wish to take this opportunity of extending to my readers Seasons Greetings. 

“The Christmas season is essentially a season of peace and goodwill. It is perhaps fortunate that such a season should follow so closely behind the recent general elections, the campaigns of which generated undue hate and animosity.  

“This coming Christmas would for us in Bodden Town and throughout the Cayman Islands be a season of fine meaning if we can allow the forces of hate to be buried with the spades of goodwill. By so doing, we will maintain the ‘Christ’ in Christmas rather than allowing the season to revert back to its pagan concepts for which it was known prior to the birth of Christ. 

“It was at Bodden Town that the first congregation of the Presbyterian Church was established. It is therefore significant that with the merger of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches of Jamaica and Grand Cayman into the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman, the first meeting of the Council of the new church should have been held in Bodden Town. This meeting took place Wednesday evening last. 

“Roy Bodden, a student at Mico Training College for teachers in Jamaica, returned home on Saturday last for his Christmas vacation.” 

Bodden Town Christmas message - bury the hate