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Registration now open for New Community 2020 Virtual Conference

October 30-31, 2020
September 10, 2020

Registration is now open for the New Community 2020 Virtual Conference, hosted by The Episcopal Church Department of Ethnic Ministries, October 30-31, 2020. The theme is Weaving Our Diversity and Forming Life-Giving Relationships for the New Reality.

This gathering of Asian, Black, Latino/Hispanic and Indigenous clergy and lay leaders provides a safe place to explore mission in ethnic ministries, share resources and best practices, hopes and dreams, needs and concerns, gifts and ministries, suffering and joy.

The conference will include plenary sessions and workshops addressing current issues as well as ethnic-specific meetings, inter-ethnic and cross-cultural conversations. During these challenging times within the church, the community, and the world, these conversations will explore issues surrounding unequal justice practices, a “different” justice system for people of color, and lack of fair opportunities, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted further “racial inequalities” in the health care system, resulting in higher unemployment rates and higher risk in daily jobs in communities of color.  Additionally, the labelling of the coronavirus as the “China Virus” has legitimized an increase in racism directly affecting immigration policies, DACA, and fear of deportation for many ethnic communities.

Conversations will address:

  • The unique community of Navajoland and the international support they have received
  • Maintaining mental health amidst the grief and loss
  • Demonstrations demanding police reform and systemic overhaul of our justice system with accountability
  • The “new reality”: how will this change our marginalized congregations?
  • What is reconciliation, rebuilding, and resurrection going to look like?

These much-needed conversations are calling New Community participants to join in and make their voices heard regarding these issues. 

Registration is available in English and Spanish here.

Registration deadline is October 28.

For more information, contact Angie Cabanban at or 212-716-6186.

Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer