Thursday, May 9, 2013

Praying to Padre Nuestro

From The Living Church-

Four years after adopting a strategic vision for reaching Latinos and Hispanics, the Episcopal Church has more congregational resources and more settings where Episcopalians praise God in Spanish.

That’s according to the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, the church’s Los Angeles-based missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministries. Though the church has not reached all of its goals because of limited funding, he says, it has laid important groundwork for building on recent progress.

Since 2009, the Episcopal Church has established 23 new Latino congregations in states where Latino populations have grown fastest in recent years. That falls short of the 44 envisioned in the 2009 plan, but efforts were limited to what was possible with $300,000 appropriated from General Convention to implement the strategic plan, he said.

Latino congregations tend to have many bilingual members who prefer to worship in Spanish, Guillén says. They cater largely to second-, third-, and fourth-generation immigrants, who were routinely overlooked in earlier outreach efforts, he says.

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