“…Therefore, love truth and peace.” Zechariah 8:19
Havana, June 19, 2020Read more
Welcome to the Virtual Pilgrimage to Cuba - a pilgrimage of listening, learning, sharing, and worship! Each week, a video with resource links will be released. The series will have 8 videos and can be enjoyed on your own, or used with groups in your congregation. Youth groups and adult Sunday school classes may especially enjoy going through this together. Join us to learn of the work and witness of Cuban partners and to immerse yourself in this beautiful Caribbean country. Let's go to Cuba!
Feedback on this resource is welcome! Please email Lorna Hernandez with your comments or questions.Read more
A British-operated cruise ship that was stranded in the Caribbean when people aboard became sick with coronavirus has finally docked in Cuba after a fraught search for a port that would accept it.
The MS Braemar arrived in Mariel, west of Havana, early on March 18th, with passengers expected to be transferred to airplanes for transport home to the UK on the same day.Read more
The General Minister and Presidents of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, Rev. Terri Hord Owens and Rev. John Dorhauer, have signed on to a letter expressing concern about harmful Cuba policies and calling on the Trump Administration to make a number of changes. Likewise, the Co-Executives of Global Ministries have signed on to a parallel letter calling on members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3960, the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act, and its Senate companion, S. 2303. Both bills have bipartisan support and 81 percent of Americans, 96 percent of Cubans, and 57 percent of Cuban Americans support lifting the travel ban.Read more
The Disciples Women submitted the Resolution Number GA-1927 to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s General Assembly July 23, 2019, concerning the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, ending the U.S. Embargo against the island, and promoting a constructive relationship between both countries. The Resolution came from the experience of deep and honest dialogue between Christian women in Cuba and Disciples women from the U.S. during the 2018 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide pilgrimage to Cuba where women shared their faith in the God of Peace and embraced a Spirit of mutual accompaniment and solidarity. As women of faith, they jointly raise their voices, prophetic and pastoral, in pain and hope, with the expectation that their shared voices may become one single voice advocating for justice, reconciliation, and peace as well as for fruitful relations between the U.S. and Cuba.Read more
Last month the Trump administration announced several policy changes directed toward Cuba that reverse years of progress made toward normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations. These changes will negatively impact the lives of many and signal a shift back to failed Cold War policies in the region.Read more
A delegation of three church leaders from Cuba, Canada, and the United States visited Venezuela as part of an international, ecumenical campaign in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and churches. Joel Ortega Dopico, Executive Secretary of the Cuban Council of Churches and ACT Alliance Board Member; Jim Hodgson, Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Church of Canada, and Angel Luis Rivera-Agosto, Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean of Global Ministries were welcomed by Gamaliel Lugo and Eseario Sosa, General Bishop and Deputy General Bishop, respectively, of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela. In their visit, the church leaders had the opportunity to engage in dialogue regarding human rights, economic sanctions, constitutional and legal matters with government officials and non-governmental organization leaders. They also had the opportunity to meet a vast number of church leaders from both traditional denominations and grass-roots congregations in Caracas.Read more
The Reverend Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days, started a recent sermon with the statement, “Saints, we are in trouble.” She expressed that, indeed, as we listen to the news or go to our newsfeeds on social media, there is no doubt that trouble is all around us. Our faith teaches us that trouble does not “last always,” nor does it have the final say in our lives. Copeland-Tune also said that we need to gather - believing that everybody can be a part of the solution for the troubles we face in our communities, nation, and world.Read more
On Sunday, February 24, the Cuban population went to the polls to approve a new constitution, drafted by the National Assembly (the legislative house of representatives, called diputados and elected by the provinces).Read more