Archives for July 2013
Members of the Pullen Orchestra warmly invite all instrumentalists, from rising 6th graders to adults, to join them as they play for a mid-summer worship service on Sunday, July 28. [Read more…]
Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the national “Nuns on the Bus” movement, will be preaching during the regular worship service at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church this Sunday. [Read more…]
The 2013 World Baseball Classic games were being played exactly four months ago this weekend in Japan. On March 6, Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan 6-3 to finish first in Group A of the World Baseball Classic and advance to the next level. I was in Cuba along with some other Pullenites, the week leading up to this final game. Now, I’m not exactly an expert on the World Baseball Classic games. Honestly, I didn’t even know there was such a thing until this past March. But it seems that maybe it works like most sports tournaments, teams playing the best three out of five games to advance to the next level. Anyway, as the Pullen group was enjoying our visit with our Cuban friends, at some point we became aware that Team Cuba was playing baseball in an important tournament. Everywhere we went, Cubans were crowded around small televisions trying to catch a glimpse of their team through wavy and fuzzy televised pictures. As we would walk down the street, men would be huddled together with their transistor radios to their ears trying to place the antenna in the perfect position to hear the baseball announcer call the next play. Throughout the week, at unexpected times, you could hear coming from side street alleys loud cheers or deep moans depending on the latest score update. Being a sports fan myself, I caught the Cuban baseball fever that week, and I would catch myself ducking into the oddest places to sneak a glimpse at a TV to see how Team Cuba was doing in the World Baseball Classic.
On the day we left Cuba, March 11, Team Cuba having advanced was playing a critical game against the Netherlands. As we boarded our “pastors for peace” school bus for the hour and half ride from Matanzas to the Havana airport I was grateful to see that Elaina had brought along a small hand-held radio. For an hour and a half, she would walk around on the bus trying to position herself and the radio antenna so as to get reception of the game. Throughout the ride, she would yell, “I got it” and then relay to the rest of us what was happening. Or she would say, “I’ve lost it” and we would sit quietly wondering what was happening. At one point, after a long stretch of not having reception, she yelled, “It’s back. I got it.” To which I yelled excitedly, “Are we winning?” With my question still hanging in the air, Karla turned to me and said, “Did you just hear yourself?” I said, “No, what?” She said, “You just asked if we are winning. Then I got it. I had become, in one short week, a part of Team Cuba. I was invested. I was committed. And I was excited to be cheering on our baseball team. The question wasn’t, “Is Cuba winning?” The question was, “Are we winning?”
Stop Hunger Now has the mission of ending global hunger in our lifetime. On the second Wednesday of July, Pullenites will help further this goal by packing 10,000 meals to share with the people who need it most. Be a part of this exciting effort of compassion and justice. [Read more…]