In Cuba, center promotes reflection and dialogue

first_imgIn Cuba, center promotes reflection and dialogue The Center for Reflection and Dialogue operates an elder-care program serving some 120 people, providing meals, basic hygiene and laundry services. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Cárdenas, Cuba] “If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem,” reads the sign at the entrance of the Center for Reflection and Dialogue here. It’s a slogan that resonates in the center’s ministry, outreach programs and approach to human and community development.The center and its methodology “serve as a good model for churches across Latin American,” said Dominican Republic Bishop Julio César Holguín, adding that through its programs and outreach, the center works on formation at both the individual and the community level.Holguín led a small delegation to Cuba Feb. 18-25, to attend the Episcopal Church of Cuba’s annual General Synod in Havana. The Feb. 20 visit to the center, which was founded more than 20 years ago, was an opportunity to witness and learn about Cuba’s ecumenical movement.From an inclusive Christian worldview, the center seeks to contribute to the sense of human existence; promote a holistic conception of life and health; promote human dignity; and to develop a culture of peace and community participation with emphasis on the poor, the weak and the marginalized people in society, according to its mission.“I was most impressed by the interplay, the connection between their reflection and practice,” said Diocese of Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley, adding that their approach to programs and processes are grounded in theologically.The purpose of the center is to promote  interreligious dialogue focused on social integration at the community level, with four goals toward that end:to encourage the recognition of human dignity inspired by the Gospel;to encourage the process of reconciliation, peace and the development of human values;to stimulate community participation and development of the individual; andto promote services for the poor and the sick.Regarding the latter, four of the center’s employees – two women and two men – provide meals, basic hygiene, laundry and other services five days a week to 120 elderly, and HIV-positive citizens.“It’s a hard ministry,” said Rita García Morris, the center’s deputy director. “The people are very poor, living in just a room without a toilet.”In addition to the elder-care program, the center has a library and computer center, offers craft workshops for children and senior citizens, hosts cultural programs for people of all ages, panel discussions on topics ranging from theology and human rights to domestic violence, as well as serving as a place of worship.“[It’s] very impressive – mind, body, spirit, you’re doing it all,” said Ousley during a tour of the center.In the future, the center hopes to provide an elder-care home, where the people it serves can live and receive daily care, and also a shelter from victims of domestic violence, another population the center serves in its outreach ministry.These are “dreams,” said Garcia Morris. “Dreams are for people with faith.”Housed in a former factory, the center began operating in the early 1990s, but it wasn’t until 2011 that the Cuban government granted the center its official license.In addition to its local outreach ministries, the center hosts national and international youth and adult groups, accommodating between 80 and 90 people in its 28 guestrooms. The staff requests that reservations be made three to four months in advance to coordinate the necessary religious visas. The center also offers a wide variety of publications.Holguín served as the interim bishop of the Episcopal Church of Cuba from 2003-4, while also serving the Dominican Republic. In addition to Ousley, he was accompanied by the Rev. Emilio Martin, who is Cuban, and served on the center’s board of directors when he was the priest at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Cárdenas; Bill Kunkle, executive director of the Dominican Development Group; and David Morrow, president of the DDG’s board of directors.The DDG’s board of directors, on which Ousley also serves, met the previous week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for its annual board meeting following the annual diocesan convention.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal raises £47.8m

first_img  651 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Last Friday’s BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal raised £47,886,382.Fundraising highlights included:The finale of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge. The challenge saw Matt Baker and six young people who have benefited from BBC Children in Need funding cycle the rickshaw 400 miles from Holyhead to BBC Elstree Studios, raising £5.5 million along the way and £8.5 million in total thanks to The Hunter Foundation, which donated £3 millionRadio 2’s £2m fundraising total for 2019, helped by Rylan Clark-Neal’s 24-hour non-stop karaoke challenge, which raised £1 million on its own£5,250,000 raised by schools around the country£2.7m raised by CountryfileThis year’s fundraisers who are currently on track to raise £4,250,000The total raised by the BBC Children in Need Appeal didn’t manage to beat last year’s on-the-night total of £50.6 million, which then grew to £58 million.The show also saw the presentation of the fourth Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award. This recognises the charity’s fundraisers, and went to siblings Austin and Esther (pictured) who undertake Quadrathlons for BBC Children in Need.  Twelve year-old Austin has Muscular Dystrophy and Esther have raised over £6,000 for BBC Children in Need in recent years.Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said:“Our incredible supporters the length and breadth of the UK can feel incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Saying ‘thank you’ seems insufficient, but I hope everyone who supported this evening accepts my heartfelt thanks for the millions of acts of kindness that have been shown this evening – every single text sent, pound in a collection tin or phone call made this evening, has led to this.“The money raised tonight really will go on to make a lasting, positive impact on young lives – changing young people’s futures and giving hope when they need it the most. Thank you.” Advertisement BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal raises £47.8m AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Main image: BBC Children In Need Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton with Mark Wogan, and Austin & Esther for the Fundraiser of the Year Award. (C) BBC/Kieron McCarron  650 total views,  5 views todaycenter_img Tagged with: BBC Children in Need Melanie May | 20 November 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Real Good Food announces strong bakery sales

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Negotiations helps bidder seal deal at auction

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