May 19, 2016
By Chris Longson
All the immersion groups are now back at the centre in Matanzas for a time of sharing impressions and wrap-up for the week. Each immersion group presented a short piece of drama that enacted their common experience.
It will take us Canadians some time to process what we’ve learned; there is so much about Cuban culture and history that makes this place very different from most developing countries. Meanwhile, we have been struck by the strong sense of community and identity, no doubt reinforced by the economic adversities that most Cubans face.
We have also been so impressed by the unquestioned priority that all the churches here give to playing a leading role in helping their communities with basic needs in whatever ways they are able. “We are not interested in people’s hunger to fill pews we are concerned with people’s hunger and we do what we can,” said the Rev. Carlos Alberto Tamayo of Los Arabos.
Also, “The poor need bread AND beauty,” speaks to the abundance of art and music everywhere we go. We could also learn so much from the resourcefulness and ingenuity which they apply to this practice.