Dos Tierras: Faith, Politics, and Environment in Two Lands

Course Description

This course will examine the theological and political aspects of environmental sustainability as it is lived out in the United States and in Cuba. The course will take place in Sewanee, Tennessee, and at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba.

During the portion of the course that will take place in Sewanee, May 15–18, the class will meet for approximately 10–14 hours total, divided between excursions and in-class discussions. Readings will cover a range of authors such as Wendell Berry, Pope Francis, Michael Northcott, and Vandana Shiva. Deborah McGrath, professor of biology and leader of the Sewanee Haiti Institute, will discuss global sustainability, and Farm Manager Carolyn Hoagland will lead a tour of the University Farm.

The time in Cuba, May 19–26, will include dialogue with Cuban seminarians, professors, and church leaders, and visits to community farms in Matanzas and Itabo. This portion of the course will focus on the country’s unique political economy and the church’s efforts to live faithfully and sustainably in this context.

This trip is limited to 12 participants.


  • Monday, May 15, through Thursday, May 18: Sewanee, Tennessee
  • Friday, May 19: Travel day to Matanzas, Cuba
  • Saturday, May 20: Day trip to Havana
  • Sunday, May 21: Attend worship at Fieles a Jesús Episcopal Church in Matanzas or at San Felipe Diácono Episcopal Church in Limonar, afternoon visit to Matanzas and surrounding area
  • Monday, May 22, through Thursday, May 25: classes at the seminary and field visits to nearby farming operations
  • Friday, May 26: Travel day back to the U.S. and Sewanee

Lodging and Meals


  • Participants must arrange and pay for lodging while in Sewanee.
  • Lunch will be provided to the participants.  All other meals in Sewanee must be arranged and paid for by the participant.


  • We will be housed in residential halls at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas.  Rooms are simple but comfortable.  Most rooms will be for two people with one bathroom between two rooms.
  • Meals will be provided by the seminary (breakfast, lunch and dinner).  Meals outside of seminary will be for each participant's account.


Total program fee is $2,250. The registration deadline is Feb. 28, 2017, by which time a registration deposit of $500 is required. The remaining balance of $1,750 is due no later than April 1. 

Final confirmation of the course, based on the number of registrations, will be made by Feb 28. All deposits and payments are non-refundable; however, in the event that the course is cancelled, deposits will be returned.   

What the Cost Covers                                                                                                           

  • All course registration and administrative fees                                              
  • Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to Havana Cuba and return                          
  • Roundtrip ground transportation Sewanee to Atlanta and return     
  • Lunches for course days in Sewanee                                                                         
  • Cuba related expenses: Visa fee, meals at the seminary in Matanzas, lodging, and group ground travel                                                                                                                                                    

What the Cost Does Not Cover

The arrangement of and payment for these components will be the responsibility of each participant individually:

  • Lodging while in Sewanee                                                                                          
  • Meals (other than lunches) for course days in Sewanee
  • Meals in restaurants in Cuba
  • Contributions to churches and/or to the seminary in Matanzas                                           
  • Transportation to Sewanee at the beginning of the course and return home from Sewanee at the end of the course


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