Head Chaplain Tim Gavin has published a book of poems titled Lyrics from the Central Plateau.
The poems are set in the small village of Cerca, Haiti where EA established a relationship with St. Marc's School in 2012.
"The book of poems is a small collection that was accepted as part of Prolific Press' Chapbook Series," shared Father Tim.
The poems are part of a larger group of work based on Father Tim's experience in Haiti that he began writing during the summer of 2014. "I hope readers gain empathy for our Haitian neighbors. I also hope readers gain that the plight of the Haitians is not due to their own misgivings and failures."
The poems chronicle the Haitian community's ability to cling to the "hope buried deep in Haiti's great mountains."
"The idea to publish some of them as a group came as a number of the poems began to give a holistic voice to the Haiti experience," said Father Tim.
Why did he choose Haiti as the setting for his writing? "That is an excellent question because the Haiti experience chose me," explained Father Tim. "The poems address the microcosm of my experience which could not be articulated in sermons or essays."
Each spring, Father Tim leads a team of students, parents, and medical volunteers on a medical mission to Cerca.
"Our own EA/St Marc's Partnership Program is seeking to collaborate with the people at St. Marc's School in order to build a community from their own assets and gifts," explained Father Tim.
Father Tim started writing poetry in high school after the loss of a classmate. "Sadly, we were not really permitted to talk about his death, which I thought was silly, so I started to write because it was the only outlet," said Father Tim.
Father Tim is continuing to write about his experiences in Haiti. He is also working on a longer poem (20 pages) about the plight of inner-city Philadelphia and the tension between a corrupt theological perspective and a redemptive theological perspective.