The School of Theology at the University of the South has a long-standing commitment to equipping students for Latino/Hispanic ministry. It has been offering Spanish courses continuously since the fall of 1991. The Latino/Hispanic Ministry Program seeks to connect seminarians with a growing population in the United States and to open new areas of service and justice. Students are prepared for ministry through language and cultural education, Spanish and bilingual worship services, and travel and immersion experiences.
The School of Theology offers several courses for students who are interested in Latino/Hispanic ministry. These courses are designed to provide linguistic proficiency, cultural competency, and pastoral skills for ministry within Latino communities. In language classes, students learn how to communicate effectively in Spanish in pastoral and liturgical settings. Through various readings, presentations, and site visits, students are also introduced to different models of Latino ministry within the Episcopal Church, as well as key issues in Latino theology and spirituality.
Formation for Latino/Hispanic ministry continues beyond the classroom. In the Chapel of the Apostles, Spanish services are part of the regular rhythm of worship. Spanish Evening Prayer is held once a week, and Spanish Eucharist is offered every other week. Seminarians are responsible for reading, officiating, preaching, and leading music at these services.
The School of Theology offers regular travel seminars to Matanzas, Cuba, where it has an established relationship with El Seminario Evangélico de Teología. These trips provide students with the opportunity to become immersed in another culture, to practice their language skills, and to build relationships with Cuban seminarians and faculty. With relationships in several other Latin American countries, the School of Theology offers students many opportunities to engage in cross-cultural immersion experiences.
Want to learn more about Hispanic/Latino ministry at the School of Theology? Contact the Rev. Leigh Preston.