Diversity

By Laurel Johnston
Interviews with ten Latino/Hispanic congregations reveal best practices of stewardship.
By Daniel Vélez-Rivera
The mission I set for myself before becoming a priest was to help establish, expand, and sustain Hispanic/Latino ministries in the Episcopal Church.
By Anna Olson
The photo project was designed to give the Vestry the opportunity to take a closer look at our neighborhood. It was not intended to lead directly into strategic planning, but rather to shift our perspective and open our eyes …
By Rosa Lindahl Mallow
The New River Regional Ministry is the result of the commitment of The Diocese of Southeast Florida, All Saints Church, St. Ambrose Church, El Centro Hispano de Todos los Santos, and St. Ambrose Pre-school to serve joyfully b…
By William M. Kondrath
Scientists tell us that biodiversity is a key measure of the health of any ecosystem. Many of us suspect that diversity within our congregations would also be a sign of health, creativity, radical welcome, and the possibility…
By Daniel Vélez Rivera
Why do Latinos arrive to our doorsteps? What do they find? Why do they stay? What makes Latinos feel welcome in the Episcopal Church?
By Judith Doran
Dr. Alan Watton was ninety years old when he started coming to church, via a ride from our hospitality chairs (a husband and wife team). After the first service, he stopped on his way out and asked if I made home visits.
By Lelanda Lee
People of Color have a special call to leadership. Lelanda Lee offers insight into cultural differences that may be hindering acceptance.
By Karen Hunter
“Pushing Past Fear” by Karen Hunter shares what can happen when a congregation commits itself to being church in the world. The growth – and success - of Grace Episcopal’s mission church, La Gracia Farmland, is largely due to…
By Sarabeth Goodwin
In “Walking the Road of Relationship” Sarabeth Goodwin talks about her burning call to plant a Spanish-speaking congregation at an English-speaking parish, the obstacles they faced, and the success they have had as they keep …
By Anna Olson
“One size fits all” never fits anyone well. Anna Olson identifies two dominant norms for managing conflict that, given the cultural context of a congregation, may undermine attempts to support healthier communication.
By Sandra Montes
Sandra Montes shares examples of how partnerships in diversity can help our Church grow in meaningful ways.
By Sandra Montes
Sandra Montes speaks Silvestre Romero shares his thoughts and experience working with multicultural parishes as well as the Episcopal identity and the challenges they face.
By Audra Abt
The tradition of Las Posadas involves leaving the church walls, and going into the neighborhood for a time of shared tradition and hospitality.
By William M. Kondrath
Bill Kondrath’s “Facing Differences,” demonstrates what can happen when, instead of dismissing our differences, vestries and other groups pay attention to their racial and cultural assumptions and behaviors. By changing thei…
By Sam Dessórdi Leite
Across our church, congregations are exploring new partnerships. Many times these include conversations between Anglo and Latino communities. In “Expanding Our Understanding,” Sam Dessórdi Leite introduces a resource develope…
By Kenji Kuramitsu
Kenji Kuramitsu asks challenging questions and offers an unafraid vision of what the church may be if we are brave enough to live into our calling.