New Community Festival celebrates church’s diversity

By Araceli Ma
Posted Jul 10, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on July 9 played host to the New Community Festival organized by the offices for ethnic ministries in the Episcopal Church. The festival to celebrate the diversity of the Episcopal Church included music, dance and food. The Rev. Zoila Manzanares-Cole of Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis was commissioned to provide the staff and organize the logistics for the party. Photos by Araceli Ma, a member of the ENS news team at General Convention.

Red Leaf Singers from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, South Dakota.

The Rev.Angela Ifill, missioner for Black Ministries and the Rev. Anthony Guillén, missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries, offer a warm welcome to the party.

A mariachi band provides the music as the Rev. Winfred Vergara, missioner for Asian-American Ministries, dances with the Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate from the Diocese of New York.

Blandina Salvador, a Filipina from Jackson Heights, New York, dances with the Rev. Petero Sabune, Africa partnership officer for the Episcopal Church.