September 2021
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Editor's Letter October 2021

Dear Friends,

This month we continue celebrating leaders among us who are engaged in creative and innovative work though the Latino/Hispanic ministries in the Episcopal Church. These stories highlight their love for family, community and art in inspirational ways, lifting up new ways to be a vibrant, diverse family of God’s children.

Latino ministry is a dynamic and growing part of the Episcopal church’s ministry. In Celebrating Latin@/Hispanic Ministry and Leadership, Anthony Guillén, recognizes the incredible leadership and impact LatinX leaders have had over recent years, highlighting their gifts to our church. This article is available in English and Spanish.

Children’s ministry can be both incredibly rewarding and challenging at the same time. In The Route Less Traveled, Anthony Rodriguez narrates his life-changing experience of participating in and then leading children’s ministry, both through pre-pandemic and pandemic times. This article is available in English and Spanish.

In The Holy and Human Process of Making Art, artist Jason Sierra shares his stunning and provocative art, encouraging us to wrestle with symbols, images and words, and not be bound by them – to break them open and embrace the ‘messy truth.’ This article is available in English and Spanish.

Hipólito Fernandez Reina charts his unique journey as a priest in Connected to Family, Connected to God, emphasizing the importance of both personal and spiritual family for support and inspiration along the way. This article is available in English and Spanish.

Pre-order the Spanish Finance Resource Guide

The Spanish Finance Resource Guide (SFRG) is designed for lay and clergy leaders with a wide variety of financial backgrounds and expertise—for newly ordained priests as well as veteran parish treasurers, for those faithful parishioners who have ongoing fiduciary responsibilities as well as newcomers who are helping to manage the financial resources of their local faith community for the very first time. It will serve as a companion piece to the Vestry Resource Guide, which is also available in Spanish. Please pre-order copies from Forward Movement.

Please join us for two upcoming Spanish webinars:

On October 13, Planning for the Unknowns in Life, a webinar from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET with Anna Molin, Financial Education Client Specialist Church Pension Group (CPG), and James Murphy, Managing Program Director, ECF.

And on October 18, Un Cafecito con Sandra y con el Rev. Santi Rodriguez on mental health at 10 AM ET.

To learn more about ECF and our vision, please visit our new website.


Charis Bhagianathan
Editor, ECF Vital Pratices

This article is part of the September 2021 Vestry Papers issue on Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month