Contributor: Al Rodriguez

The Rev. Al Rodriguez specializes in a new paradigm of Latinx ministry that calls attention to the native-born Latinos/as who are multi-generational, English-prone or bilingual, and who have been educated and raised as an acculturated Latino/a  in the US. Al served for fifteen years as rector of a dual language Anglo/Latino congregation in Austin, Texas and is currently Curriculum Co-Coordinator for Latino Ministry Competency training provided by the Episcopal Church Center’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries. He previously served as Interim Director of the Latino/Hispanic Studies at the Seminary of the Southwest, his alma mater, and has three decades of close interaction with traditional Latino ministry at the local, diocesan, and national levels.  Al is a third-generation Mexican American originally from San Antonio, Texas, with close family ties to Laredo, Texas and the border areas of Northeastern Mexico.  He and his wife, LaVerne, served as Peace Corps volunteers in Venezuela.

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Examining Race to Build Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees

The demands on us related to immigration are overwhelming and may seem insurmountable. There seems to be no end to the mass suffering and injustice being inflicted on immigrant families—in particular children and youth—who are simply trying to survive in the midst of economic despair, violence, and other uncertainties. As people of faith rooted in the values of... Read more