Intercultural Ministry

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The mission of the office of Intercultural Ministry is to serve the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in its vision to embrace all people in mutual love and respect. We strive to make the Diocese one church reconciled by Jesus Christ and work towards a vision of the Kingdom of God which includes all people. It is our goal to teach our various communities to respond faithfully to the call to be inclusive of all cultures and people. We bring support thru resources, training and encouragement to congregations and institutions that are wanting to engage in evangelism and outreach to all populations.

Matthew 25:40 teaches us: And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Denise Trevino-Gomez
Missioner for Intercultural Development
713.353. 2115
Denise coordinates and executes a diocesan-wide series of programs specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion. She works with various diocesan entities on community building, leadership development, intercultural youth events, building multicultural communities, and other areas of our church life.

Workshops

We have long struggled with the sin of racism in the church. The complexity and deeply layered roots of prejudice, stereotyping, inequalities and discrimination are often at the core of how racism remains ever too present in our world today. As Christians, we have learned that we will be judged on how we treat others because how we have learned that how we treat others is how we treat Jesus. 

The Sin of Racism

We have long struggled with the sin of racism in the church. The complexity and deeply layered roots of prejudice, stereotyping, inequalities and discrimination are often at the core of how racism remains ever too present in our world today. As Christians, we have learned that we will be judged on how we treat others because how we have learned that how we treat others is how we treat Jesus. 

And even though we have named racism as a sin, it is still deeply present in many of our churches, communities, and in our own lives. This section of the website is designed to offer resources to help you in your work around dismantling racism. The struggle is real. We have lost our humanity and have darkened our hearts when we stop addressing issues around privilege and discrimination.

What is God calling you to do, be or change in the world? Thru these resources, we invite you to explore that question always asking…what am I called to do, be or change? These videos, articles, poems, music, suggested readings and dialogue questions are here to help our congregations and anyone wanting to dismantle the sin of racism.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is a way to address, in a more faithful way, the spiritual and moral layers of human conflict so that we may live more fully into our call as Christians in the communities we serve, and in the world. To live as Christ followers, we must be willing to lean into uncomfortable dialogues in order to seek peace where conflict is present. Reconciliation is key to our Christian faith so we must focus there within the ministry of social healing so that we may be whole with God.

Becoming Beloved Community: Introducing the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. The full document is available here.

Three Epistles on Race in America

The speaker series, “Three Epistles on Race in America,” explores contemporary black/white relationships using writings that, while perhaps lesser known than King’s famous “I have a dream” oratory, resonate powerfully today.

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Commissions and Ethnic Ministries 

COMMISSION ON BLACK MINISTRYCOMMISSION ON HISPANIC MINISTRYThe Bishop Payne Scholarship