May 17, 2016
By Alicia Archbell
It’s day 3 in Cuba. So far I’ve been swimming four times, chased many lizards, and wondered just how many things can be made of guava. More importantly, I have heard about the social circumstances of Cuba, about how their political circumstances affect them as well as issues families have faced.
Today we heard from Dr. Calvinõ, a famous psychology professor from the University of Havana, who has had his own television show for more than 20 years. He spoke about the identity of being a Cuban and how politics and spirituality fit in to that identity. He spoke about the importance of uniquely Cuban spirituality to protect Cuban culture from shifting as they enter into the next stage in their political age.
Dr. Hbarro, another professor from the University of Havana, spoke about issues that affect Cuban families. Some of these were how divorce, single families, gender equality, an ageing population, and education affect the family.
Finally, Bishop Sue Moxley gave an overview of social justice issues in the Anglican Church of Canada and what are we doing to address those situations. The Cubans were very interested in how we monitor social media. As the internet becomes more available they worry about how it will affect young people.
Our plenaries today gave all the delegates an ability to understand the plights of the other culture. There are many cultural differences, but there are many overlapping similarities and issues that affect all of us. The community we have built over the last couple of days is one of friendliness and support. While there is a language barrier we have found many ways to bond as one community.
Although the Cubans think the Canadians are crazy for our love of night swims.