July is a time for summer fun.
For me it is also a time to study Spanish. I will travel to Mexico with many other Episcopalians to study in the Diocese of Cuernavaca and I am looking forward to being back with the good people of that diocese. I have done this work for the past several years, and while I am still quite poor as a Spanish speaker, I do love the work and the way in which Bishop Enrique and the diocese host us for two weeks. Not only are we well taught by good teachers, we are also invited to learn something of the Mexican culture and the area we are in. We eat well and we have fun together, which deepens the ties that bind us together as one body of Christ in a variety of contexts.
I am also grateful to Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence for her work in setting up this experience and for helping me and Bishop Enrique to communicate. She is a great blessing to all of those who make this trip from year to year.
This year my goal is to finish the work I need to do to be able to celebrate the Holy Eucharist service in Spanish. The people in our Spanish-speaking congregations are grateful to all the clergy and people of the diocese who try to learn enough Spanish to have conversations in their beautiful language, and they are most forgiving with me for all the times that I struggle with pronunciation. I am grateful to all who help me in this ministry.
I hope that you will keep us in your prayers as we begin this journey and that you will consider this or some other way of learning what you can of Spanish. It is worth the time and effort.