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Cuba 101November 11-19, 2012
The Cuba delegation                   The whole group withHopers             Pastor Muriel Miller
Hope Church participants•   Pastor Kevin Holley•   Lee and Merikay Huszagh•   Kurt Parent•   Carol Urban
Presbyterians in Cuba• In 1890, a Cuban couple (Evaristo and  Magdalena Collazo) began a school in their  home. Bible was ...
History• The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba has  maintained a visible presence and a strong  witness throughout its ...
• Currently there are 9 churches in the Havana  Presbytery and 37 Presbyterian churches in all of  Cuba. Both the heritage...
• U.S. Presbyterians were instrumental in the  establishment of numerous Presbyterian schools in  Cuba. These schools were...
Mutual Mission Agreement• Presbytery and congregational partnerships• International Peacemaking Program• Seminary exchange...
Mission Statement• “We affirm that we share in one mission of  Jesus Christ in Cuba, the U.S.A., and the  world. That we a...
U.S./Cuba Relations: A Timeline•   1950’s -- U.S. interests owned an estimated 68 percent of Cuba’s land.•   1960 -- Cuba ...
U.S./Cuba Relations•   2002 -- President Bush announced an “Initiative for a New Cuba,” increasing    economic pressure on...
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Luyano       Pastor Daniel Izquierdo
Permanent Presbytery of Havana Office, Luyano, Marlen Donado    Cruz (front center) is Presbytery administrative assistant
These two individuals made our delicious meals and              made our stay comfortableSylvia                      Yalel...
Our accommodationsThe women’s dormitory   The cabana in Luyano’s courtyard
Our bus
First Presbyterian-Reformed               Church, Havana                      Sanctuary, flags of partnershipFront of buil...
First Church, HavanaPastor Hector Mendez   Prayer Group meets weekly
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, La Fernanda Church                 Pastor Alberto PadinThe church                Pastor Holl...
La FernandaThe English learners’ choir   The youth choir
La Fernanda Presbyterian-Reformed               Church                           Pastor Holley preached with translator Na...
Pepe and Charity, two members of La Fernanda we visited in their homes
Old Havana
Revolution Square
Old Havana, in very good   Havana residential area, in verycondition                  poor condition
Cars in Cuba
Catholic ChurchesNow a museum, St Francis of         Assisi
Matanzas Theological Seminary
Church at Matanzas Seminary and the          town of Matanzas
Veradero Beach
Veradero Beach   Oil well on the way to Veradero
Three beach bums with theirCuban cigars                  Tony, our bus driver, and wife
Presbyterian-Reformed    Church, Guines  Pastor Abel Mirabel
Pastor Ismael Madruga and friendsPastor Ismael Madruga, Pastor Padin, and Pepitawho kept the La Fernanda Church going duri...
Plaque honoring Pastor IsmaelPastor Ismael’s home in Guines
Guines, farming community
Apartment building   Bus
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Guanabacoa         Seminarian Yoelkis Sierra                     Christian Rock Band with Pa...
Presbyterian-Reformed Church,                San NicolasPastor Holley preaching with   Seminarian Dargel y Yailen and hisP...
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, San          Antonio de BanosSan Antonio de Banos Church   Living Water ceremony
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Los Palos           Pastor Isset Sama
One pastor’s car
Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Nueva Paz               Pastor Maricela GonzalesYouth conference in session        The church
Join us!
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
Chicago Presbytery - Cuba Trip 2012
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Several congregations sent a delegation to Havana Presbytery in November 2012. They were: Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church, St. Luke in Downers Grove, Oak Park United, the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, and Hope Presbyterian Church in Wheaton. This presentation was created by participants from Hope Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.

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    1. 1. Cuba 101November 11-19, 2012
    2. 2. The Cuba delegation The whole group withHopers Pastor Muriel Miller
    3. 3. Hope Church participants• Pastor Kevin Holley• Lee and Merikay Huszagh• Kurt Parent• Carol Urban
    4. 4. Presbyterians in Cuba• In 1890, a Cuban couple (Evaristo and Magdalena Collazo) began a school in their home. Bible was taught daily; there was Sunday school on Sunday mornings and preaching on Sunday evenings. They contacted the Presbyterian Church U.S., and thus began the relationship between Cuban and U.S. Presbyterians.• The Presbytery of Cuba was part of the Synod of New Jersey for many years until the church became autonomous in 1967.
    5. 5. History• The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba has maintained a visible presence and a strong witness throughout its history. It suffered loss and hardship for over thirty years as roughly half of the pastors and lay leaders emigrated and the Marxist government stigmatized religious practice.• Since 1990 the government has become more tolerant of religion, and all the Christian churches have been growing.
    6. 6. • Currently there are 9 churches in the Havana Presbytery and 37 Presbyterian churches in all of Cuba. Both the heritage and the current practice of Presbyterianism in Cuba reflect a strong ecumenical commitment. A whole new generation of seminary students and recently-ordained pastors, both men and women, has arisen.• The Evangelical Theological Seminary of Matanzas, where all the Presbyterian pastors are trained is jointly owned and operated by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Cuba.
    7. 7. • U.S. Presbyterians were instrumental in the establishment of numerous Presbyterian schools in Cuba. These schools were nationalized in 1961.• One mission worker of the United Presbyterian Church, Lois Kroehler, chose to stay in Cuba and served Cuba from 1949 until her retirement in 1992.• In 1985 the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted a Mutual Mission Agreement. The two churches work together in mission in many ways, including:
    8. 8. Mutual Mission Agreement• Presbytery and congregational partnerships• International Peacemaking Program• Seminary exchanges• Mission to the U.S.A. Program• Cuba travel-study seminars• Caribbean and North American Council for Mission• Seeking normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations• Prayer, study, and dialogue
    9. 9. Mission Statement• “We affirm that we share in one mission of Jesus Christ in Cuba, the U.S.A., and the world. That we are called to be peacemakers, creating bonds of friendship and understanding between our peoples.”
    10. 10. U.S./Cuba Relations: A Timeline• 1950’s -- U.S. interests owned an estimated 68 percent of Cuba’s land.• 1960 -- Cuba nationalized U.S. corporate assets. Sanctions and a partial embargo were imposed on Cuba.• 1961 -- The Kennedy administration ordered an invasion of Cuba by CIA- trained Cuban exiles. The Bay of Pigs fiasco was followed by a total embargo of Cuba. Castro announced that the revolution would be founded on Marxist- Leninist principles.• 1962 -- Cuban missile crisis ensued when Kennedy announced that the Soviet Union had placed missiles in Cuba.• 1980 -- Cuba eased emigration restrictions, resulting in a massive migration of 125,0000 Cubans to the United States.• 1992 -- The Torricelli Bill (Cuban Democracy Act) prohibited transactions between U.S. foreign subsidiaries and Cuba.• 1996 -- The Cuba Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (Helms-Burton Act) imposed penalties on foreign companies doing business in Cuba, permitted U.S. citizens to sue foreign investors making use of American-owned property seized by the Cuban government, and denied entry into the U.S. to such foreign investors.
    11. 11. U.S./Cuba Relations• 2002 -- President Bush announced an “Initiative for a New Cuba,” increasing economic pressure on the island nation.• 2003 -- Both houses of Congress voted to end enforcement of travel restrictions but removed the provision from an appropriations bill after Mr. Bush threatened to veto it. For the 12th consecutive year, the U.N. General Assembly called on the United States to end its embargo on Cuba.• 2004 -- The Bush administration announced a comprehensive new Cuba policy to undermine the survival strategies of the Castro regime and contribute to conditions that will help the Cuban people hasten the dictatorship’s end.” As a result, increased restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba were implemented.• Current -- President Obama has relaxed restrictions on travel to Cuba and the Cuban government has recently allowed Cubans (including doctors) to travel abroad and subsequently to return to Cuba. Fidel Castro’s health has been deteriorating and his brother, Raul Castro, is in charge. The embargo continues.
    12. 12. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Luyano Pastor Daniel Izquierdo
    13. 13. Permanent Presbytery of Havana Office, Luyano, Marlen Donado Cruz (front center) is Presbytery administrative assistant
    14. 14. These two individuals made our delicious meals and made our stay comfortableSylvia Yalelley
    15. 15. Our accommodationsThe women’s dormitory The cabana in Luyano’s courtyard
    16. 16. Our bus
    17. 17. First Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Havana Sanctuary, flags of partnershipFront of building churches
    18. 18. First Church, HavanaPastor Hector Mendez Prayer Group meets weekly
    19. 19. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, La Fernanda Church Pastor Alberto PadinThe church Pastor Holley and Pastor Padin
    20. 20. La FernandaThe English learners’ choir The youth choir
    21. 21. La Fernanda Presbyterian-Reformed Church Pastor Holley preached with translator NancyPastor Padin welcomes us Palacio, Havana University professor
    22. 22. Pepe and Charity, two members of La Fernanda we visited in their homes
    23. 23. Old Havana
    24. 24. Revolution Square
    25. 25. Old Havana, in very good Havana residential area, in verycondition poor condition
    26. 26. Cars in Cuba
    27. 27. Catholic ChurchesNow a museum, St Francis of Assisi
    28. 28. Matanzas Theological Seminary
    29. 29. Church at Matanzas Seminary and the town of Matanzas
    30. 30. Veradero Beach
    31. 31. Veradero Beach Oil well on the way to Veradero
    32. 32. Three beach bums with theirCuban cigars Tony, our bus driver, and wife
    33. 33. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Guines Pastor Abel Mirabel
    34. 34. Pastor Ismael Madruga and friendsPastor Ismael Madruga, Pastor Padin, and Pepitawho kept the La Fernanda Church going during andafter the revolution Ismael and his wife, Isabel
    35. 35. Plaque honoring Pastor IsmaelPastor Ismael’s home in Guines
    36. 36. Guines, farming community
    37. 37. Apartment building Bus
    38. 38. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Guanabacoa Seminarian Yoelkis Sierra Christian Rock Band with Pastor Abel Mirabal (current Guines pastor) playing electric guitar
    39. 39. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, San NicolasPastor Holley preaching with Seminarian Dargel y Yailen and hisPastor Magruda translating wife
    40. 40. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, San Antonio de BanosSan Antonio de Banos Church Living Water ceremony
    41. 41. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Los Palos Pastor Isset Sama
    42. 42. One pastor’s car
    43. 43. Presbyterian-Reformed Church, Nueva Paz Pastor Maricela GonzalesYouth conference in session The church
    44. 44. Join us!
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