A significant point of discussion has come up in almost every conversation this week… How are we incorporating a multicultural approach and sensitivity into all this work on lay ecclesial ministry?
I talked with Sergio Canjura from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Carlos Obando from Loyola Marymount University and Martha Nunez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to find out how well these concerns are being addressed. They all agreed that this symposium has been a very important opportunity for dialogue from many faces and many voices.
But our reality is different.
They were also honest in saying that there is much more work to do by the Church as well as lay ecclesial leadership in gaining a truer sense of the reality of ministry with Latinos. Each talked about how deep the call to ministry is in their hearts and their lives… that it is truly a privilege to serve in the name of the Church. The challenge is how to use the structures, resources and finances in such a way that all people are served equally regardless of language or ethnic culture.
Sergio said: “Not everyone who speaks Spanish is an immigrant… we need to give the true face of Latino people. We are one Church. We are one Body of Christ.”
Somos uno iglesia!
This bilingual interview is a gift for all. Take some time to listen to both Part 1 and Part 2. Then ask yourself:
How am I being challenged to think or act differently?