S. U. Hastings
|Bishop S. U. Hastings|
Bishop S. U. Hastings at Christiana, Jamaica c1973
26 September 1916|
Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica.
|Died||19 September 1991(aged 74)|
|Known for||First Jamaican national consecrated as a bishop of the Moravian Church (1961).|
Selvin Uriah Hastings (26 September 1916 – 19 September 1991) was the first Jamaican national consecrated as a bishop of the Moravian Church and the first Jamaican to be elected head of the Moravian Church Unity Board.
Early life, education and ministry
Bishop Hastings was born in Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica. After attending local schools, he trained at St. Colme's Theological College, Kingston, and in the United Kingdom, before serving the Jamaica Province of the Moravian Church at Springfield in St. Elizabeth, Mizpah in Manchester and Church of the Redeemer and Trinity in Kingston.
He was elected to the Provincial Elders' Conference (PEC), the Executive Board of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, in 1951 where he served as president for many years.
He was consecrated as a Bishop in 1961.
He was appointed as Jamaica's representative on the Executive Board of the Worldwide Moravian Church in 1967, where he served as chairman until 1974 and was General Director from 1972 to 1974.
These 50 Years (1991), a book of sermons.
He was married to Pansy. They had three children.
The Moravian Church in Jamaica has established a foundation in his honour.
As part of the church's 250th anniversary celebrations in 2004, the Postal Corporation of Jamaica issued a commemorative stamp featuring Bishop Hastings.
Notes and references
- Moravian Church Honours Three Pioneers, Jamaica Information Service press release, Jermain O. Brown, 24 December 2004.
- Onward, the magazine of Moravian Missions, Volume XXIV, Number 2, February 2005, p. 2, Moravian Mission Society, South, Inc.