- What: Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba
- Who: Rev. Thomas Smith
- When: Saturday, July 17th at 7:30pm
- Where: Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A South First St. Austin, TX 78704
The traveling caravan of Pastors and assistant citizen volunteers will be speaking at Resistencia Bookstore in Austin, TX on Friday, July 17, @ 7:30PM. There will be a short reception after the meeting for those who gather. All are encouraged to attend, and are welcome to contribute to these efforts by your presence and donations.
Rev. Smith will share his important perspective on why we challenge an unjust law that asks us to hate our neighbor.
“As people of faith and conscience, it is our duty to resist and condemn this cruel US policy,” declared Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., Executive Director and founder of IFCO, a 42-year old ecumenical agency. “IFCO/Pastors for Peace rejects this licensing system as both immoral and illegal. It is immoral because it endangers the lives of millions of Cubans and inflicts suffering on innocent children, as well as adults.”
The ecumenical initiative is a project of IFCO, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, and has delivered more than 2,500 tons of urgently needed assistance to the Cuban people without seeking a US Treasury license.
NOTE: Interview opportunities can easily be arranged via phone or computer in advance, and also at the potluck dinner hosted by Trinity UMC at 5:30pm.
On Sunday morning, July 18th, Reverend Smith will be a guest speaker at Trinity United Methodist Church at the morning service.
Reverend Thomas E. Smith Bio information:
Rev. Thomas E. Smith currently serves as the Pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His duties include the senior pastoral responsibilities of a three hundred member congregation. In addition to pastoral duties of the church, Rev. Smith serves as Executive Director of the House of David, Chairman of the Center for Family Excellence and Chairman of Monumental Mission Ministries Inc. Rev. Smith serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Volunteer Board for Emergency Food and Shelter and the Metro-Urban Institute.
Rev. Smith also serves as President of the Board of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, and has traveled with Pastors for Peace to Cuba on many occasions, as well as to Chiapas, Mexico. Rev Smith was one of the members of the caravan who met with ex-president Fidel Castro on the 2009 caravan.