Going to Haiti: Moving to One Rhythm, One Common Aspiration

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for seminarians, May 24-31. In the post below, participant Dennis Reynolds shares his thoughts on the journey. The day was done. We sat in a circle. A dozen seminarians and staff — seekers of a new way of being in community — in community with each other and with the people of this land. Our circle was a check-in, a time for each of us to process aloud key impressions of the day. In the midst of our sincere sharing, we heard the sound of loud music. It seemed a party had begun here at the MPP training center. We finished our sharing, and after consultations and a bit of pleading to the hesitant, we proceeded together toward the party. We found the large open-air, main classroom at the training center filled with very loud Haitian rock. We UUs were not wallflowers — we entered the darkened room and danced! Paired with each other and with the people of this community, we danced. American students, the two Brazilian agronomists, and Haitians danced. From diverse backgrounds and scattered homes, we shared smiles and laughter and we moved to one rhythm, one beat, one common aspiration. Though the music was too loud to my ear and the humid heat too warm, I danced; we all danced.