Southwest appreciates the importance to clergy and lay leaders of continuing their education and offers several opportunities to earn CEUs. 

  • Each summer, Seminary of the Southwest presents a week-long continuing education session on the seminary's campus for clergy and lay leaders. Meant to give you "food for the journey" the content will have practical application back home, and the learning shared with faculty and friends will renew and refresh you. See upcoming session below.
  • Lecture series in September (Blandy Lectures), February (Payne Lecture), and March (Harvey Lectures) presented by distinguished scholars and leaders in the Church offer additional learning and renewal opportunities. 

June 1 - 5, 2015  Continuing Education Session

Developing a Ministry and Worship Outreach to Latinos

This week-long course provides a broad overview of how to minister to Hispanic/Latino populations within either English- or Spanish-dominant congregations.The various models of multilingual services will be explored, including some attention given to the worship music that is being used in bilingual/multicultural worship. The course also delves into the religiosity profile and intercultural aspects of Latino culture and worship and other rituals, such as Quinceañeras, the Virgin of Guadalupe and other traditional Lenten and Christmas ceremonies. This course also exposes the participants to the cultural and linguistic distinctions between the immigrant/first generation Latino and the U.S born, multi-generation Latinos whose lifestyle is bicultural, bilingual or English-dominant. 

Faculty: The Rev. Al Rodriguez, adjunct faculty at Southwest. Al is also a Fellow with the national Fellowship Program of the Episcopal Church Foundation, which awarded a grant for his American Latino Episcopal Outreach (ALEO) project. 
Online registration is now open.