Panel Conversation on New Faith Communities

Goodwin Board Room
A Conversation on Cultivating New Faith Communities
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 suggested ticket price; register here
How do we discern when and how God is calling a faith community to something new or to establish a new faith community? What are steps in the discernment process? What happens if our proposed plan differs from God’s plan – how do we adapt? Join church planters The Rev. Emily Scott (Lutheran pastoral leader of Dreams and Visions, a project of the ELCA) and The Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera (Vicar of St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, a uniquely bilingual congregation), in dialogue with The Rev. Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard (VTS Associate Professor of Practical Theology), on the topic of imagining, building, and tending new faith communities. Hear about various church planting experiences and lessons learned.
About our Panelists:
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Rev. Emily Scott received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016. She was the Director of Worship at The Riverside Church from 2007-2009, and a co-founder of Music That Makes Community. Her work at St. Lydia's has been covered by The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal. Her book, For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World, will be released in Spring, 2020 from Convergent, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
The Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera is passionate about establishing loving Christian communities with and for all people. His congregational ministry focus is planting new Latino ministries in existing Episcopal churches and creating sustainable dual-language congregations (English and Spanish). Daniel is vicar of Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church~Iglesia San Gabriel in Leesburg, Virginia where he is committed to nourishing and strengthening the community’s call to serve others as Christ’s ambassadors. When St. Gabriel’s launched its Hispanic Ministry in 2014, it became the first bilingual, multicultural Episcopal congregation in Loudoun County, Diocese of Virginia. Daniel is married to Parker Gallagher, his partner of twenty-four years.
The Rev. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Practical Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, having previously served as the Canon for Congregational Vitality in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Dr. Pérez-Bullard has served the Church for 30 years as a community leader, youth minister, and priest in multicultural and bilingual congregations in the Dioceses of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Jubilee Consortium, Coalition L.A., UNITE-HERE, Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles, and President Clinton’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. 
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