Cuba Havana Partnership
The Havana–Chicago Presbytery Partnership unites the Presbytery of Chicago and the Presbytery of Havana. Together, we work toward a common purpose of overcoming barriers to cultivate peace and justice for all God’s people.
The partnership began in 1998 after a group representing 12 Presbytery of Chicago churches made an exploratory visit to Cuba. The travelers found an extraordinary opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with our Cuban siblings in Christ. Acting on their proposal, leaders of both Presbyteries formalized the partnership in 1999.
The Cuba Partnership Mission Team continues to serve as the Presbytery of Chicago’s agent in sustaining the partnership. By encouraging church-to-church partnerships, facilitating trips to Cuba, and hosting visitors from Cuba, we help each other in a complicated time.
Why ARE WE PARTNERS?
The first Presbyterian church in Cuba opened in 1890. The revolution in 1960 ushered in agnostic policies, yet the churches miraculously stayed open. As official restrictions eased over time, the Cuban churches advanced their vital roles as spiritual and social centers of their communities. Today, they give generously even amid a persistent scarcity of resources.
We support our fellow Presbyterians through travel, advocacy, and prayer because
— as Presbyterians —
we share a commitment to reveal God’s grace wherever there is need.
San Nicolás de Bari
San Antonio de los Baños
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
- Church-to-church partnership. Under the auspices of the Havana–Chicago Presbytery Partnership, churches here can form their own partnerships with churches in Cuba.
- Resources. All churches are encouraged to donate resources to help our Cuban partners maintain their missions, including their church camp. In response to local needs, we deliver medicines, craft materials, office supplies, and more.
- Prayer, always. Although formal relationships and shared resources are important and deeply appreciated, our greatest need is for your prayers.
For information, contact Kathy Wennerstrum, Moderator.