Ecclesiastical + Religious

In Jamaica, religion is very important.  Despite the 23% of the island who identify as non-religious, Jamaica remains a society profoundly shaped by religion and shared belief.  Sectors public and private, business and social, old and, to a lesser extent, young all trace religious roots.  

Since the European settlement of Jamaica in 1494, the many denominations of Christianity have in their turn influenced the nature of life and death on the island.  Today, in addition to these denominations, Jamaica supports the faiths of Rastafari, Judaism, Islam, Baha’i, Religious Science, and more.
This section provides a brief outline of the history of Jamaica’s different religious groups, the current state of their affairs, contact information, and, where appropriate, links to sources of further information.  Take these links to jump to the relevant section below: