Webinar series will focus on ‘Lessons from the Latinx Church’

By Joshua Brockway

In a browning society and decolonizing world, what can we learn from brown leaders and brown churches in this new epoch of being the church in liminal spaces of tension? How does ministry shift during times of racial divisions, trauma, and the unknown? And how can the intersection of Latinx identity and ecclesiology inform the larger church entering this new season of ministry and formation?

“Lessons from the Latinx Church” is a webinar series provided by the Freedom Road Institute for Leadership and Justice to help church leaders and pastors learn and live into the new possibilities for ministry. A free introductory session is taking place on June 30 at 12 noon (Eastern time). Sessions will continue at 12 noon (Eastern time) every Tuesday through July 28.

The Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries is co-sponsoring this webinar series with Freedom Road. The first session is a free introduction with Lisa Sharon Harper, Liz Ríos, and José Humphreys, and will be streamed through Facebook Live. Guest leaders in the series include Robert Chao Romero, author of the book “Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity”; and Orlando Crespo, author of “Being Latino in Christ: Finding Wholeness in Your Ethnic Identity” and plenary speaker at the Church of the Brethren New and Renew Conference in 2018.

Session outline

Session 1: Introductory Session, with an overview of the series and an interview with Lisa Sharon Harper

Session 2: Lessons from the Brown Church on Justice: Developing a Language for Justicia, with special guest Robert Chao Romero, author of “Brown Church”

Session 3: Lessons from the Brown Church on Us: Understanding How We Roll and Why That Matters, with special guest Orlando Crespo, author of “Being Latino in Christ”

Session 4: Lessons from the Brown Church on Honoring: Mentored from the Margins, with a special emphasis on “Seeing Jesus in East Harlem” by José Humphreys

Session 5:  Lessons from the Brown Church on Sanidad: Toward a Path of Healing Justice

Register at https://bit.ly/InfoForLessonsFromLatinxChurch . Participants will receive links to sign up for the remaining sessions. Registration scholarships are available through Discipleship Ministries by contacting Randi Rowan at rrowan@brethren.org .

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