June 30, 2014
At the end of July, Church of the Resurrection has the privilege of hosting an annual national conference called Caminemos Juntos. Here are the five most important things you need to know about this conference:
#1 – Caminemos Juntos means “Let’s walk together.”
¡Caminemos Juntos! as a conference seeks to spark a church planting movement among Hispanics and to unify current Anglican Hispanic churches throughout North America. We have a yearly national conference and a leadership training institute, Instituto San Pablo. Six of these congregations are part of our diocesan family here in the Upper Midwest. But it isn’t just for Hispanic leaders. It’s also for normal Church of the Resurrection folks who want to start ‘walking together’ with the Latino brothers and sisters in our own diocese.
#2 – Walking with our immigrant brethren is a priority for the Anglican church.
People might ask why they should care about this conference. Not only is it an amazing opportunity to begin to truly walk together with our Latino brothers and sisters here in the Upper Midwest and from all over the world, in addition, this past year, Archbishop Bob Duncan sent out a special communiqué challenging the ACNA to a new season of walking together with our immigrant brothers and sisters from all over the world and launched a new initiative called the “Anglican Immigrant Initiative." The purpose of this initiative is to equip congregations at the local level to serve and reach under-resourced immigrants using the unique and timely tool of immigration legal ministry. There are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants who have to navigate a confusing legal system and who are often taken advantage of. In meeting immigrants' practical legal needs, we also hope to meet their spiritual needs through evangelism and the starting of 30 new immigrant congregations. Here in the Upper Midwest we are leading the way by starting the first center in Oak Park.
#3 – Caminemos Juntos is at Church of the Resurrection.
The 2014 conference will be held July 31- August 2 at Church of the Resurrection. With the conference so close, there is no reason not to stop in or get involved!
#4 – You don’t need to know Spanish to attend.
But what better chance to brush up on those 2 years of high-school Spanish? Regardless of your linguistic abilities, all workshops will be bilingual. The conference will also offer workshops on multi-cultural ministry and outreach, church planting, and evangelism. Special guests will include Archbishop Tito Zavala from Chile and the worship band Kyrios Band also from Chile.
#5 – There are many ways to get involved.
March 03, 2014
A well-known Latin-American proverb says “Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres.” "Tell me with whom you walk and I’ll tell you who you are." Who are you walking with in your faith journey? Often it is tempting to simply walk with those who are similar to us. Being a part of a missional church that reaches into all cross-sections of society however gives us the privilege of being able to enter into relationship with those whose experience of God is very different from our own. Within the ACNA and our Upper Midwest Diocesan family there are multiple new opportunities for a new kind of walking together.
How can you begin this walking together?