October 20, 2019: Saying ¡Si! to Cuba

by Wynsor Taylor

There’s an adage in theatrical improvisation: No matter what you’re asked, reply, “Yes, and...” It’s the acceptance principle. If your improv partner says, “We’re on the moon!” don’t say “No, this isn’t the moon, it’s a deli!” You respond, “Yes, and I just realized I forgot to pack my oxygen tank!”

“Why have we partnered with a church in Cuba?” It’s a question I’m often asked. I see helping our Cuban siblings in Christ as a “Yes, and…” scenario. Serving others has always been a way that I find spiritual growth. Yes, there are people right in our own backyard who need our help, and we should and will continue to minister to them. Our Cuba project is an extension of this idea—it expands our backyard to include an island that’s not so far away. I was excited to visit the community we are partnering with earlier this year, and now am excited for you to learn about and be part of what’s going on there.

Every Sunday we hear Jesus’s own words: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Our neighbors are both those in our backyard and those in Santa Clara, Cuba.

There are three main ways you can help: Pray. Give. Go.

  • Pray for Bishop Griselda, Father Gerardo, those in discernment, and the people of Cuba—especially those who will be part of our partner parish, Iglesia Episcopal Jesús Nazareno.
  • Join me in giving a financial contribution (of any size) to our Cuban Church Initiative. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of 2019, through events like the fundraiser that took place last night and through direct appeals to parishioners to make a special gift. (This is one such appeal!) We’ll also be collecting toiletries and over-the-counter medications and will share more information on that when the time comes.
  • Go to Cuba with us (contact me for dates!) to witness the work of rebuilding the church and its community in action.

The stage is set, the scenario is posed, and the invitation is open. I hope you will join me in saying, “¡Cuba, si!”

Last Published: October 17, 2019 3:38 PM
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