Unmasking Latinx Ministry for Episcopalians

An Anglican Approach

Carla E. Roland Guzmán

Feb/2020, 240 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640651500



A look through a Latinx lens at how the Episcopal/Anglican church can minister to and with the Latinx community

Unmasking Latinx Ministry is a unique look at the history of the Episcopal Church in the last fifty years, including a bold and insightful analysis of the institutionalization of Latinx ministries. This history is contextualized within the struggles of the Episcopal Church in terms of race, gender, and sexuality.

Through a Latinx lens, the author brings fresh eyes to the challenges faced by the Episcopal Church's ministry with and among Latinx persons and communities. Along with the historical analysis and insight, the author brings a background and formation in Episcopal churches in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, and Central New York, as well as more than fifteen years of experience in a multicultural and multiracial, monolingual, and bilingual congregations in New York City. Combining this history and ministry experience, the author explores specific areas where Episcopal/Anglican traditions speak to Latinx ministries and what Latinx persons and communities offer the Episcopal Church today.

CARLA E. ROLAND GUZMÁN, PhD, is Rector of the Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew and Saint Timothy, NYC. She is the Coordinator of Faith, Family, Equality: The Latinx Roundtable, a program of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion, and Affiliate Faculty in Church History at The General Theological Seminary. Rev. Roland is committed to the full inclusion of Latinx persons and LGBTQ persons in all aspects of the church and society.

"Reading Unmasking LATINX Ministry for Episcopalians: An Anglican Approach should be required reading for those interested in understanding the mission of the Church in general and in the LATINX context in particular."
—The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Hernández Adjunct Faculty at The General Theological, The Newark School of Theology, and El Seminario Episcopal Anglicano of El Salvador

"Carla Roland Guzmán has written an excellent and long due history and critique of Latin/Hispanic ministries in the Episcopal Church. A must read by anyone concerned with how Episcopalians think about the other."
—Juan M. C. Oliver, Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer

"Essential reading for ministers, lay and ordained, who are ready to learn from the past in order to creatively explore new possibilities in the future."
—The Rev. Altagracia Perez-Bullard, PhD Assistant Professor of Practical Theology Virginia Theological Seminary

"Roland Guzmán’s work is thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and convicting. She carefully examines the colonialist history of the Church's ministry to, with, and among Latinx communities and offers a new vision that is truly inclusive, liberative, and genuinely Episcopalian. This is a call the Church urgently needs to hear."
—Andrew R. H. Thompson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics,The School of Theology, The University of the South

The Right Reverence Jennifer A. Reddall, Diocese of Arizona


Part I: (Re)Framing the Historical Context 
1. LATINX Ministries: Before Institutionalization
2. LATINX Ministries: A Program of the Church 

Part II: Unmasking and (Re)Framing LATINX Ministries 
3. Challenges: Things Done and Left Undone 
4. An Epistemic Challenge 
5. Building upon Anglican Traditions: Possibilities 

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  • Latinx
  • inclusion
  • ministry
  • race
  • diversity
  • Latin American

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