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Nuevo Amanecer conference, special Spanish-language ad focus on Latino/Hispanic Ministries in The Episcopal Church

November 16, 2010

Ad to appear in New York City"s Times Square

An international conference and the unveiling of a specially developed print advertisement, to be featured in New York City"s busy Times Square, are proofs of the on-going commitment by The Episcopal Church to Latino/Hispanic Ministries.

Nuevo Amanecer

Nationally known keynote speakers will join a faculty of experts at Nuevo Amanecer, a three-day Episcopal Church conference exploring Latino/Hispanic ministry. Speakers will address the conference theme: Nuestra Vision: Nuestra Mision en Accion/Our Vision: Our Mission In Action. Nuevo Amanecer will be held through November 17 at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville NC.

Additionally, the keynote addresses and plenary sessions of Nuevo Amanecer will be live webcast by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications.

"There is much excitement among our leaders, as we experience the implementation of the Episcopal Church"s Strategic Vision for Reaching Latinos/Hispanics," explained the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry. "Nuevo Amanecer will bring together seasoned lay and clergy leadership of the church as well as persons just embarking in the ministry. We will learn from each other and be inspired as we take the next steps in growing our church communities. This conference will empower leaders and will provide tools to develop an efficient and productive framework for Latino/Hispanic Ministry."

New Spanish language ad

Affirming the Episcopal Church Latino/Hispanic ministry, an advertisement with a photo depicting a loving family and the words "La Iglesia Episcopal les da la bienvenida" (The Episcopal Church Welcomes You) will grace New York City"s Times Square on Wednesday, November 17.

With the image at 35 feet wide by 32.5 feet high, it will be hard to miss! Most notably this advertisement was communicated in Spanish to reflect the Episcopal Church's intent to reach out directly to the Latino/Hispanic community.

As a service to the Church"s growing Latino/Hispanic population, the photograph is now available to Episcopal congregations and ministries to download as an advertisement for local use.

"All of the data indicates that the Latino/Hispanic population is the fastest growing in the US and many of them are seeking a home church," noted Guillén. "This ad features a young Latino Episcopalian family which conveys the message to Latinos that they are genuinely welcome. La familia [the family] is a very close-knit social unit that is very important in the Latino culture and the ad affirms this."

Complements of photographer Marie Oviedo of Ventura, CA, the photo was taken in Todos los Santos Episcopal Church in Highland Park, CA (Diocese of Los Angeles) where the family members are active participants.

Guillén added, "Although the ad in Times Square will appear only one day, the photo and downloadable ad is available for local use to illustrate that the Episcopal Church values the presence of Latinos/Hispanics in our churches."

The spark for the Times Square posting is thanks to Isela Gonzalez, Episcopal Miami Lakes Church in Miami Lakes, FL who won the spot at a recent Hispanic PR & Social Media Marketing Conference in Dallas, TX.

For more information about Latino/Hispanic Ministries contact Guillen at

The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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Nancy Cox Davidge
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