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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Anglican Alliance urges use of Freedom Sunday resource against human…

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Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Anglican Alliance] The Freedom Sunday resource promotes a day of worship, prayer and action towards ending human trafficking/modern slavery. Together churches and faith groups have developed resources to raise awareness and mobilise their communities so that they can be united in their response to end the worldwide crime of modern slavery.The Anglican Alliance has been working for the past year with other church denominations and agencies on researching and creating a church resource to hold a day of worship, prayer, study and action on tackling the scandalous issue of human trafficking and modern slavery.There are estimated to be between 21 and 30 million people caught in slavery in the world today – suffering cruel and brutal treatment in every part of the world.The Freedom Sunday resource has been designed for local churches and can be adapted for use in different contexts around the Anglican Communion.Speaking about human trafficking, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said:“Human trafficking is a grave crime against humanity. It is a form of modern day slavery and a profound violation of the intrinsic dignity of human beings. It is intolerable that millions of fellow human beings should be violated in this way, subjected to inhuman exploitation and deprived of their dignity and rights.“This outrage should concern each one of us, because what affects one part of humanity affects us all.“If we are to combat this evil then we must work together to prevent the crime, support the survivors and prosecute the criminals. The knowledge that churches have of their local communities puts them on the frontline in this campaign.“Freedom Sunday provides churches with an opportunity to join together with others around the world in a day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking. Freedom Sunday challenges us and resources us to take action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our local and global communities.”The Anglican Alliance is encouraging churches around the Anglican Communion to take part in raising awareness and mobilising their congregations to end human trafficking. This day can be held at any time, but can be linked to the following dates:30 July – World Day against Trafficking in Persons18 October – EU Anti-trafficking Day2 December – International Day for the Abolition of SlaveryThis year on 30 July 2015, events were held around the world to raise awareness and build action to end human trafficking to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons.The Anglican Archbishop of Brazil, Francisco De Assis Da Silva, released [a] message on 30 July saying:“Brazilian society must be more conscious about this silent and obscure problem, which amasses at least 30 billion dollars in the world, enriching national and international mafias. Children and adults are lured into a world of dreams that becomes a nightmare. Economic and social exploitation submits them to undignifying living conditions and, many times, to death”.He encouraged the local church to commit to raising awareness and taking action against human trafficking:“May our dioceses and churches save some time to gather their members and discuss about it, offering prayers for victims and their families. These actions can be done in partnership with other churches and human rights organizations. If there’s no local network against human trafficking, why not organize parish-based groups?”Also on 30 July and 7 August, the Revd Rachel Carnegie, Co-Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance, ran seminars on tackling modern slavery at the Christian ‘New Wine’ festival in the UK.Rachel shared stories of survivors of modern slavery and highlighted ideas of how local churches can get involved in the global campaign. In practical terms, local churches can:Study the issuePrayPlan a service or community eventTake action by: Knowing their community; Finding out about local services & helplines for assisting victims of slavery; Raising awareness on prevention; Knowing and spotting signs of slavery and reporting this; Campaigning on supply chains to be free of slavery; Supporting anti-trafficking agencies.The participants discussed how they would respond, as individuals and within their local churches, reflecting on the Freedom Sunday materials.Download the Freedom Sunday resources.Check back on the Anglican Alliance website to learn how the Communion has been using the Freedom Sunday resources. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 13, 2015 at 5:44 pm I have come to change my mind about who are the criminals who need exposing first and quite a bit of consciousness raising and conscience changing before they are brought to justice.A war on human traffickers will be like the war on drugs. Yes, people seek to get rich, or maybe just make some money, by selling desperate people a way out that often ends up locking them into slavery, and particularly horrible slavery. But as Freedom Day approaches I think of the refugees from Syria denied sanitation or food now being sprayed with fire hoses and gas to control them by Greek police. Who is really responsible for the Syrians’ plight and for the Greeks’? I think it hypocritical to visualize the criminals as brutal heartless low lifes and ignore the rational decisions to protect and maximize the finances of some Episcopalians in good standing. The interest on the Greek debt must be lowered and only God know what any American can do to compensate the human victims of fellow American and British actions to control the price of oil for the last 50 years. Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 15, 2015 at 9:26 am Balanced article on trafficked women: https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/sine-plambech/violence-in-safety-of-home-life-in-nigeria-after-selling-sex-in-europe Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Servicelast_img read more

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