It’s incredible but we are just around the corner for the celebration of our Third National Consultation for Hispanic/Latino Ministry at Duke University in Durham, N.C. In precisely fourteen days, we are planning to gather as a United Methodist people to think, talk and wrestle with what the Creator is expecting of us in the face of the realities of the XXI century. Perhaps, as builders of His kingdom, we must move out of the comfort of a parroquial mentality and begin to construct the bridges that will allow us to inextricably connect with those who are asking: Where is the real church of Christ? At this point, we hope that you have already begun to focus your thoughts, prayers and plans on how we can be relevant to society today.
As we continue preparing ourselves for this holy moment, please, remember that our main proposal is that we, as a communal body, face the compromising reality that for so many years, we have been irresponsible in not preparing ourselves to pass the leadership to the new generations. At this consultation, we want to honor and recognize the existing talents and gifts among our youth and young adult people. Consulting, listening and utilizing many of their own understandings, perspectives and vision about the needs and opportunities of our communities could be the key for the UMC to become truly a church for all. It’s vital that we exercise the spiritual discretion to lay aside all entrenched historic opinions, and that we embrace the emerging future as the only context in which God’s spirit can re-form us as Christ’s body for the new moment.
Let us remember our baptism and His call as we walk patiently into the sacred space of this consultation. Remembering our baptism will allow us to more easily peel away the many labels imposed on us by society and many other institutions, making it almost impossible for many of us to remember that we are members of the same community; we are one body. And by remembering His divine call to each of us, as the people who serve and not to be served, we will be reaffirming our commitment to those who have been excluded from the opportunity to sit, eat and drink at the communal table. Please, be sure that you will be sitting and partaking at the table of this consultation!
Anxious to see you in fourteen days.