Campus of Seminary of the Southwest
Seminary of the Southwest, in partnership with the Episcopal Church Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries, will offer this summer a 9-day course to educate on cultural competency and ministry to our Latino/Hispanic populations. The course will be offered June 18 – 27, 2017, at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and will be taught by seminary faculty, lay church leaders and clergy with extensive experience in Latino and intercultural ministry.
The early bird registration deadline is April 7, 2017. Click here to register.
“The purpose of Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency course is to provide a hands-on, cultural competency of the history, culture, socio-demographic, and religious aspects of the Latinos/Hispanics in the United States,” said the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries, “and to provide the foundational tools necessary for church leaders to discern and explore the type of Latino/Hispanic ministry that best fits a congregational setting and its context.”
Guillén added, “This multi-faceted, intensive course also exposes students to the general profiles and ministry distinctions between the immigrant/first generation Latinos and the U.S born, multi-generational Latinos which require more of a bicultural, bilingual or English-dominant ministry and evangelization.”
Enabled by General Convention 2015 Resolution AO86: Create a Network of Partners on Latino/Hispanic Congregational Ministry Development, the course will combine academic learning with hands-on experience to provide foundational tools for church leaders to gain a deep understanding of ways of welcoming and serving Latino families, and sharing spiritual, sacramental and community life together.
“This course is exactly what the church needs right now,” observed Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean at Seminary of the Southwest. “The missional future of the Episcopal Church must include creative and culturally competent ministry in Latino/Hispanic contexts.”
The course will be conducted in English; bilingual faculty will interpret as needed, from Spanish to English.