Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cuba Hosts Partners (in Mission Meeting of Anglican Church)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cuba Hosts Partners (in Mission Meeting of Anglican Church)

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With the possibility of bankruptcy hanging over the church, Partners in Mission -- the church's international relations arm -- considered the unusual question, "Should Partners go out of business?"

It was a top item on the agenda in February at Partners' regular twice-yearly meeting, held outside Canada for the first time. Fourteen committee members and six staff met in Cuba to assess the present, talk about the future and learn about a Cuban Church that is emerging from trying times.

"Our meetings are always held in Oakville (west of Toronto) and we thought it would be a good idea to have a shared experience of what we are doing overseas, and visit clergy we support," said Rev. Stuart Pike, who is based in Grimsby, Ont., and chairs the committee.

The committee looked at Partners' three sections, Africa/Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean -- and decided travelling to Latin America was most cost-effective, Mr. Pike said. Partners supports several projects in Cuba, including an ecumenical seminary.

The group met at Havana's Holy Trinity Cathedral, seat of the Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba, and stayed at a nearby dormitory.

"The main thing on our schedule was how we see our work if the church doesn't survive," Mr. Pike said. The church has raised the possibility that residential school lawsuits could bankrupt it.

The committee concluded, "We don't believe God is calling us to abandon international partnerships. We need to find ways to continue," he said. …

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