How do We End the Blockade of Cuba?  What Cubans want Americans to Hear and Do

7:30 pm, Wednesday, May 16th

Evening presentation hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church, downtown Mpls.

Moderator Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen

Speakers on Panel:

Gail Walker-Executive Director-Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) NYC, NY
Rev. Joel Dopico, Havana, President of the Cuban Council of Churches
Rev. Carlos Emilio Ham, President of the Protestant Theological Seminary in Matanzas
Mr. Reinerio Arce, Havana, Director of Ecumenical Institute for the Science of Religions.

Reception to follow presentation.

Sponsored by Minnesota Cuba Committee, IFCO-Pastors for Peace, Witness for Peace-Midwest Free Parking in building basement parking lot, entrance on Alice Rainville Pl. between Nicollet Mall and 2nd Ave. S.

Rev Joel Ortega Dopico was born in 1971 in Cárdenas City in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. He studied at the Protestant Theological Seminary of Matanzas and became a Presbyterian pastor in 1997. In 2004 he became the head of the Seminary Board - a post he held until  2012.

In 2008 he became the Vice President of the Cuban Council of Churches and its President in 2012 until the current day. In that position he played an important role in the steps towards normal relations between the US and Cuba at the end of the Obama presidency. He was present at the historical opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and the US Embassy in Havana, and was involved in the visits of both Pope Francis and President Obama to Cuba. He has traveled to assemblies and conferences in thirty countries.

His upcoming visit to the US is to help build support for the IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba and to advocate against the US economic blockade of Cuba and in support of normal relations between the US and Cuba.

The Rev. Dr. Carlos Emilio Ham is President of the Protestant Theological Seminary in Matanzas and also recently served on the staff of the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

Mr. Reinerio Arce is the Director of the Institute for the Scientific Study of Religions in Havana and was President of the Seminary in Matanzas until 217.