Registration open for next sessions of Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency course
In person: Jan. 21-28, 2023
Virtual: April 24-28, 2023
In person: Aug. 12-19, 2023
UPDATED 11-14-22: Registration is open for upcoming sessions of the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course, an innovative multiday intensive course, and Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course, a five-day intensive course, designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to gain practical knowledge and cultural competency for Latino/Hispanic ministry.
The eight-day, in-person January course will be at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. April’s five-day virtual course includes 20 hours of online classroom presentations, worship services, and group dialogue, with comfortable breaks and an ample lunch time factored in from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT each day. The eight-day, in-person August course will be at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee.
These popular sessions are offered by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and taught by seminary faculty, clergy, and lay leaders with extensive experience in Latino and intercultural ministry.
“Combining academic learning with hands-on experience, the purpose of this multi-faceted intensive course is to provide 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. “Also, this course will 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.”
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Describe the socio-demographic, cultural, and religious characteristics of Latinos/as in the United States, including generational distinctions.
- Discuss the religious history of Latinos/as and theological issues related to Latino/Hispanic ministry.
- Recognize the worshiping needs of dual-language congregations and prepare for multicultural liturgical celebrations.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the general aspects of ministries aimed at immigrant and first-generation Latinos/as, as well as ministries focused on the more acculturated and English-language-speaking Latinos/as of the second and third generation.
- Articulate the complex issues related to Latino immigration, including its political, socio-demographic, and pastoral implications.
The course will be conducted in English.
Registration rate for the in-person course is $1,600 double occupancy and $2,000 single occupancy. The rate for the five-day virtual course is $300.
- Click HERE for registration for the January 21-28 session. Registration deadline is January 13.
- Click HERE for registration for the April 24-28 session. Registration deadline is April 14.
- Click HERE for registration for the Aug. 12-19 session. Registration deadline is July 28.
NOTE: Continuing education units are available for all participants upon completion of the course.