Christmas Blessings From Marvia's Panama Journal

Christmas will never lose its universal appeal. Despite all the craziness and loss of focus on what the season really means, people continue to find this a special time of the year. The joy and festivities of the Christmas season adds something to the spirit in which each year comes to an end. And no […]

Make A Covenant Of Compassion On World Aids Day 2009

Once again, I’m blogging World AIDS Day and adding my voice to the Bloggers Unite campaign in support of persons living with HIV and AIDS across the world but especially here in Panama. Recently, I sat with several members of the religious community here in Colon, Panama to finalize plans for an Ecumenical service of […]

My First Black Christ Celebration In Portobello

It was getting closer to 8pm. Cristo Negro starts his processional march from the San Felipe and through the streets of Portobello at exactly at 8:00pm. Not before. Regular attendees knew what to expect and so the dancing began as though to hasten the time.

When the bells tolled announcing that 8pm arrived there was a deafening roar of ‘ariba’ from the crowd, calling for El Nazareno to be lifted up for the procession. The sound was electrifying.

Panama's Breast And Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Panama’s Ministry of Health has mobilized Panama’s health sector and the general public to launch a Prostate Cancer campaign for men during this month. October is celebrated globally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It continues to have as its aim, raising the consciousness of women to the benefits of early detection for higher chances of […]

The 8th Anniversary Of My Ordination And Day Of Reflection

Today, Friday September 18, 2009 is the 8th anniversary of my Ordination to the Christian Ministry. I was ordained within the faith community of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU), and installed that same day as Pastor of the Stewart Town Circuit of Baptist Churches. This was the same circuit of 3 congregations; Stewart Town Baptist […]