Registration open for upcoming session of Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency course

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Mar 15, 2021

Registration is now open for the next session of the Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course (VELMC), an innovative five-day intensive course designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to gain practical knowledge and cultural competency for Latino/Hispanic ministry.

The August 9-13, 2021 session will be the fourth VELMC offered since the beginning of the pandemic. Over 100 participants have attended the previous sessions.

The five-day VELMC includes 20 hours of online classroom presentations, worship services, and group dialogue, with comfortable breaks and an ample lunch time factored in from 11:00am to 5:30pm (EDT) each day.

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,” explains 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 is $300 for each session.

  • Click here for registration for the August 9-13, 2021 session. Registration deadline is July 30, 2021.

For more information, contact Anthony Guillén, 212-716-6073.

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