THREE GOALS FOR
From Latino Clergy Caucus Retreat 2021
To identify possible candidates to ministry and offer them mentoring and support.
To provide an updated list of Latino leaders, clergy, and laity to the Virginia Conference leaders.
To work with Clergy Excellency and offer leadership development opportunities for Latino candidates that have been identified by the LCC.
MODELS OF MINISTRY-
To explore different kinds of models to develop Latino Congregations,
Floris UMC has continued lead by effective and faithful laity leadership.
To identify American Pastors with a heart for Latino Ministry
The model of the American church with Latino Ministry works better when the lead pastor is passionate and supportive of the Latino congregation.
WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP-
To offer opportunities for worship and learning to laity in Latino Congregations.
To develop events to facilitate understanding of the Latino cultures and to integrate Latino and Americans participation
The Hispanic Caucus of the United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Puerto Rico is MARCHA (Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans).
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the United States to celebrate the culture and traditions of Hispanic Americans. The observance begins in mid-September because Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Sept. 16 is independence day for Mexico; and Sept. 18 for Chile.
United Methodist Communications
United Methodist Communications has a number of “Rethink Church” and other materials in Spanish: http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.5303245/k.8450/el_Int233rprete.htm
Click here for resources from Discipleship Ministries.
Information about the Spanish version of The Upper Room, El Aposento Alto, can be found by clicking here
Cokesbury carries a large number of Spanish materials and curriculum which can be found b going to www.cokesbury.com
Click here to download the 2022 Virginia Conference Latino Leadership
Highlights of the Fall 2022 Retreat, Oct. 16-18
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The caucus also collected a love offering of $500 for Ileana Rosas, daughter of the Rev. Ileana Rosario, who is having medical treatments. If anyone would like to support the Latino Clergy Caucus, please feel free to send donations to “Latino Clergy Caucus” c/o Callie Walker, 9200 S. Amelia Avenue, Amelia VA 23002
“What a rest it was for me and the kids to be together and have other pastors paying attention to them all the time.”
The key to the success of this retreat was a combination of all the planning that went through, taking place right after a Sunday service, having Spanish as the primary language to rest our brains, and the flexibility in our daily activities.
I loved our two worship services. The sharing of thanksgivings was a window into each other’s hearts on Sunday night. Then on Monday, the children’s message and David’s message were just so perfect for our group.
The Latino Clergy Caucus leadership is officially passing the baton to a new group of leaders who are excited and passionate to continue the work in favor of our Latino congregations.
The Rev. Marcela Jarman, the Rev. David Jiménez-Cárdenas and the Rev. Chad Beck have officially accepted their new positions. The Rev. Callie Walker will continue to assist as the treasurer.
The Latino Clergy Caucus will continue to advocate and be a strong voice for the Latino ministries across the Virginia Conference. They are committed to offer advocacy, education, mentoring, and financial support to Latino Pastors and Laity according to their needs.
An updated database of all the Latino ministries, an updated webpage, and more visibility at the Conference level are some of the goals to achieve.
They will also offer at least two opportunities to worship together in Spanish every year and assist to develop pastors and laity gifts in worship and preaching.
- Marcela Jarman
- David Jiménez-Cárdenas
- Chad Beck
- Callie Walker
Liaison to Conference Staff
United Methodist Women