Religion, Sustainability Movements, and Ecumenism

A Case Study in Santiago de Cuba


  • Rose T. Caraway Iowa State University



Cuba, ecumenism, agroecology, farmer-to-farmer, permaculture, ecology, Cuban Council of Churches


The Centro Cristiano Lavastida de Servicio y Capacitación (Lavastida Christian Center for Service and Training) was founded in 1995 in Santiago, during the economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. This ecumenical center has promoted the growth of agroecology, permaculture, and other sustainability initiatives through collaborative work with state organizations as well as international movements and NGOs. The founders of the Centro, as well as some of its staff, have historical connections to the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Cuban Council of Churches (CIC), which is affiliated with the WCC. The CIC is a statesponsored Protestant ecumenical organization that has promoted greater dialogue between the Cuban government and churches. The Centro is part of a larger network of civil society organizations that have responded to the state's diminished capacity to serve as sole provider of social welfare by engaging more deeply in social and ecological projects.

Author Biography

Rose T. Caraway, Iowa State University

Rose T. Caraway, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Iowa State University, 411 Catt Hall, 2224 Osborn Drive Ames, Iowa 50011, USA.


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How to Cite

Caraway, R. T. (2019). Religion, Sustainability Movements, and Ecumenism: A Case Study in Santiago de Cuba. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 12(4), 438–465.