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Its last minister, Rev Clifford Rawlins, had told the Guardian that church members who had pushed for the multi-million-dollar restoration of St Ann's Church in Belmont had also pushed for the sale of Greyfriars and its land.
In keeping with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, homilist Rev Clifford Rawlins, of the Presbyterian faith, spoke about the need for greater collaboration among the Christian Churches.
Rev Rawlins ended his homily with the text of "So Send I You", a missionary hymn by Margaret Clarkson. The evening was a true reflection of Christian unity with our Christian brothers not only supporting Fr Elton but also contributing to the success of the proceedings as follows: Rev Rawlins, a Presbyterian Minister, served as homilist; Arnold Phillip, who rendered the Responsorial Psalm, is an Adventist; and Paul Cort, who sung the Meditation Hymn, is an Anglican.
Rev Clifford Rawlins, a Presbyterian minister, was also in attendance.
After much deliberation and intense prayer, the Holy Spirit led them to Rev Clifford Rawlins, a Presbyterian minister.
Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford Rawlins has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scotland claiming damages for breach of contract after the church terminated his employment in January.The church claimed, among other things, that Rev Rawlins had "inappropriate" material on the office computer, an allegation Rev Rawlins has vehemently denied.Additionally, he is claiming that he did not get an opportunity to deny the allegation. In his writ, Rev Rawlins named certain members of the church whom he accused of wrongfully and maliciously setting about to destroy his career as a minister of the Church of Scotland in Trinidad.He is asking for damages with interest and costs.In legal documents filed in the Registry of the Port-of-Spain High Court by attorney Justin Phelps, Rev Rawlins has also named church member Ray Sumairsingh as the person instrumental in hiring him.According to Rev Rawlins, by oral agreement, in October 2003, between the church in the person of Sumairsingh, an agreement was reached to employ him as associate minister from December 1, 2003, at a salary of $60,000 per year, plus accommodation or allowance in lieu, and a vehicle with all expenses paid. Rev Rawlins stated that by an undated letter delivered to him about June 17, 2004, a senior member of the church maliciously accused him of having runaway ambitions and exuberance in worship.He said he was also accused of being the major problem in the church, and it was suggested that he should not receive a formal contract of employment.Rev Rawlins claimed that on June 26, 2004, a pastorate committee was wrongfully convened to investigate him.He also alleged that four days later a meeting was convened and more wrongful allegations were made against him.He said he was directed to see a psychologist.The BWM e-mailed Rev Rawlins on August 30, 2004, informing him that he was asked to seek counselling because of the "material" allegation.He emphasised that the allegation was false, and that the BWM never gave him an opportunity to defend it.