Washington Bars U.S. Christian Churches from Cuba
For the past two years, the US Treasury Department has implemented new unilateral restrictions on travel to Cuba that prohibit practically all institutional and ecumenical religious travel to Cuba, except for that of individual congregations. Additionally, in an unprecedented move, the Treasury Department has rejected the renewal request of the travel license held by the National Council of Churches, as well as the denominational licenses of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church and the Global Ministries of the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ.
Representatives Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have written a letter to Treasury Secretary John Snow challenging these travel restrictions. They have invited their colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign this letter. This is a letter that most members, both Republicans and Democrats, are likely to sign if they hear from their constituents.
Send a message to your member of Congress urging him or her to sign the letter to Secretary John Snow asking the U.S. Treasury to allow church organizations to continue building relationships and reaching out to sister churches in Cuba. Click here to send a message to your representative.
For more information, visit the UCC/DOC Common Global Ministries’ webpage.