Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Cuba Photos

Earlier this week, I posted three photo albums from my trip to Cuba. Those albums are:
Cuba, part 1 (COEBAC)
Cuba, part 2 (Ciego de Ávila) 
Cuba, part 3 (Christian groups)
I have sorted through the rest of my photos and created three more albums. Since we traveled around - first from Havana to the middle of the island and back and then from Havana to the western part of the island and back - we saw quite a bit of the countryside and a few small towns along the way. A lot of this involved seeing rural life and some beautiful mountains. I put those photos together in an album: Cuba, part 4 (Countryside)


One part of the visit I enjoyed was seeing the political signs and some patriotic memorials. It is interesting and informative to see how other countries celebrate their heritages, and it was especially fascinating since this was my first visit to a socialist/communist nation. I created an album full of political billboards, as well as some interesting memorials and government buildings: Cuba, part 5 (Political/Patriotic)


Havana is an impressive city that clearly used to be quite a jewel. It was the city we spent the most time in, so it made for a lot of photos: Cuba, part 6 (Havana)


Ethics Daily created a Pinterest news story of many of my photos: U.S.-Cuban Baptist Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution." It is the third in a three-part series on my recent trip to Cuba to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of the Coordination of Baptist Workers and Students in Cuba (COEBAC) and visit other ministry sites of Cuban Baptists. This piece looks at various comments by Cuban Baptists about feeling called to serve within their context and their patriotic pride in Baptists who participated in struggles for independence. A photo I took of Caridad Diego of the Office of Religious Affairs of the Communist Party's Central Committee ran with the article.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation." It is the second in a three-part series on my recent trip to Cuba to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of the Coordination of Baptist Workers and Students in Cuba (COEBAC) and visit other ministry sites of Cuban Baptists. Today's piece focuses on the remarks of Raúl Suárez, a longtime Baptist leader in Cuba and member of the National Assembly of People's Power (Cuba's national parliament) on the separation of church and state. He offers some great comments that many U.S. Baptists need to hear. A photo I took of Suárez ran with the piece.

Jefferson Citian joins Baptist delegation on Cuba trip

The Jefferson City News-Tribune ran a nice article on my recent trip to Cuba. The piece is titled "Jefferson Citian joins Baptist delegation on Cuba trip." It offers some details about the Churchnet delegation and includes several quotations from me. I am thankful for the opportunity to share more about the trip.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration." It is the first in a three-part series about my recent trip to Cuba to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of the Coordination of Baptist Workers and Students in Cuba (COEBAC) and visit other ministry sites of Cuban Baptists. Today's piece offered an overview about the COEBAC meeting and the Churchnet delegation to Cuba. It includes some comments from the COEBAC meeting and from Churchnet Vice President Forestal Lawton. It also includes a photo I took of COEBAC General Secretary Eduardo Gonzalez (one of our two hosts throughout the trip in Cuba). The next two articles will cover content from the COEBAC meeting in greater detail.