Online Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Coming in May

Virtual: May 16-20
In person: Aug. 13-20

See more on the Episcopal Church’s Latino/Hispanic Ministry page.

Registration is open for upcoming sessions of the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course, an innovative multiday intensive course, and online 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.

May’s five-day online 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 May 16-20 session. Registration deadline is May 6.
  • Click HERE for registration for the Aug. 13-20 session. Registration deadline is July 15.

For more information, email Anthony Guillén or call (212) 716-6073.

NOTE: Continuing education units are available for all participants upon completion of the course.