The future is “at the hyphen” El futuro est á “en el guión” Sponsor: Central Pastoral Office for  Hispanic Ministries Rev....
Itinerary <ul><li>3:45pm - 5:45pm </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
Objectives <ul><li>To create a time, place, and space to wrestle and engage with what it means to be “at the hyphen.” </li...
Questions <ul><li>What does it mean to be the  “National Hispanic & Bilingual fellowship?” </li></ul><ul><li>What does it ...
“ at the hyphen” <ul><li>¡Alabadle!: Hispanic Christian Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edited by Justo Gonz á lez </li></ul...
“ at the hyphen” <ul><li>For many Hispanics born in the US, we are made to feel as though we don’t belong. </li></ul><ul><...
The future… <ul><li>To say that “the future is at the hyphen,” the title of this Resource Group, is actually incorrect. </...
“ The Latino/a population is a polyculture combining a heterogeneous and multicolored group of people who have diverse eth...
Mainstream Culture <ul><li>The reality of “being at the hyphen” is in our mainstream culture. </li></ul><ul><li>¡Yo soy Bo...
Mainstream Culture, cont’d <ul><li>University of Central Florida School of Social Work led  Latinos in the New America . <...
Pardon my Spanglish by  Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ A few words instantly let other Spanglishistas know that you share a kind ...
Pardon my Spanglish by  Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ Si yo tuviera que escoger  between English and Spanish,  seria un  tough c...
Pardon my Spanglish by  Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ The  habla  also preserves identity. Upwardly mobile Latinos often rely on...
Moses as an inspiration <ul><li>Being Latino in Christ: Finding Wholeness in Your Ethnic Identity  by Orlando Crespo </li>...
Exodus 3:10-12  ( NIV) 10  “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  11  ...
Moses as an inspiration <ul><li>Moses asks about his identity to God. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who am I?” </li></ul><ul><li>Cre...
Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We are a new church in Central Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>We consider ourselves a  bilingua...
Arise Christian Church <ul><li>When we say we are “bilingual,” we are going beyond linguistics. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only...
Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We are multicultural, in the fashion of how it is conventionally understood. </li></ul><ul>...
Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We do not just consider ourselves a church for the “unchurched,” but more so, for the “unre...
Arise Christian Church <ul><li>Our motto is:  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Arise today towards a new ma ñ ana.” </li></ul>
Let’s have some  tiempo de dialogo .
Thank you! ¡Gracias! Dios les bendiga .
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This is a Resource Group I led/facilitated at the 2009 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, Indiana entitled, "The future is 'at the hyphen.'"
The Resource Group revolved around the Hispanic/Latino(a) experience in the United States, and how the Church is and/or is not responding to it.
This was a great time of sharing, learning, and healing.

Here is a description of the Resource Group:
In English & en Español
Coined by Justo Gonzalez, “at the hyphen” helps express the current state and future of Hispanic/Latino(a) people in the United States. Many Hispanic/Latino(a) children, youth, and adults born in the United States are struggling with their identity and language. Engage in a dialogue about this difficult, yet important topic.

(“El dicho de Justo González “el futuro está en el guión” ayuda a expresar la condición presente y futura de la gente hispana/latina en los Estados Unidos. Muchos niños hispanos, jóvenes y adultos nacidos en los Estados Unidos están luchando con su identidad y lenguaje. Mantener un diálogo sobre este asunto difícil es un tópico importante.)

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  1. 1. The future is “at the hyphen” El futuro est á “en el guión” Sponsor: Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries Rev. Samuel Robles Jr. Pastor & co-planter of Arise Christian Church
  2. 2. Itinerary <ul><li>3:45pm - 5:45pm </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>To create a time, place, and space to wrestle and engage with what it means to be “at the hyphen.” </li></ul><ul><li>To be open and receptive to hear each other out, engaging in dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>To welcome the opportunity to break down some stereotypes and/or misconceptions about our culture. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop an expanded appreciation to who we are, as God’s people. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Questions <ul><li>What does it mean to be the “National Hispanic & Bilingual fellowship?” </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be a “Hispanic/Latino(a)?” </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be “bilingual?” </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean for us to be part of “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world?” </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ at the hyphen” <ul><li>¡Alabadle!: Hispanic Christian Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edited by Justo Gonz á lez </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ If there is an experience that unites Hispanics in the United States, it is the experience of belonging, yet not belonging.” (14) </li></ul><ul><li>Pilgrims and Exiles; mestizaje </li></ul><ul><li>The hyphen is between “Cuban” and “American,” or “Mexican” and “American,” etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ at the hyphen” <ul><li>For many Hispanics born in the US, we are made to feel as though we don’t belong. </li></ul><ul><li>We are told to “go home,” but we do not know any other home than this. Where would we go? </li></ul><ul><li>This all stirs up themes of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belonging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The future… <ul><li>To say that “the future is at the hyphen,” the title of this Resource Group, is actually incorrect. </li></ul><ul><li>This has existed for years! </li></ul><ul><li>For the most part, embracing bilingualism has been ignored and silent. </li></ul><ul><li>To say “the future is at the hyphen” is a charge as to whether or not we will do something about it now as the Church and embrace it as we move forward . </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ The Latino/a population is a polyculture combining a heterogeneous and multicolored group of people who have diverse ethnicities, languages, religions, and socioeconomic and educational status yet maintain distinctive features and principles that make them ‘one’ particular people.” (6) - Pastoral Care and Counseling with Latino/as by R. Esteban Montilla and Ferney Medina
  9. 9. Mainstream Culture <ul><li>The reality of “being at the hyphen” is in our mainstream culture. </li></ul><ul><li>¡Yo soy Boricua pa’que tu lo sepas! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentary by Rosie Perez </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Family/Mi Familia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Film on struggles to live the American dream. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MTV’s “Nuyorican Life” </li></ul><ul><li>Pardon my Spanglish </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book by comedian Bill Santiago </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Mainstream Culture, cont’d <ul><li>University of Central Florida School of Social Work led Latinos in the New America . </li></ul><ul><li>Rollins College hosted a dialogue on the Cuban-American experience. </li></ul><ul><li>The culture and community is speaking, are we, the Church, speaking ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we listening ? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pardon my Spanglish by Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ A few words instantly let other Spanglishistas know that you share a kind of schizophrenic experience with them, in which Spanish and English can’t exist without each other. So that as pervasive and mainstream as Spanglish is hoy en dia , for us it still serves as a sort of a sentimental inside joke. Only, no estamos jokeando . It communicates nuestra verdadera reality.” (28) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Pardon my Spanglish by Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ Si yo tuviera que escoger between English and Spanish, seria un tough choice. They each represent a distinct identity. But Spanghlish speakers are not one or the other. Somos both. Spanglish lets me speak both, inhabit both, be both, a la misma vez .” (28) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Pardon my Spanglish by Bill Santiago <ul><li>“ The habla also preserves identity. Upwardly mobile Latinos often rely on Spanghlish to counter the negative effects of assimilation, such as volviendose demasiado gringo . Every word of espa ñ ol they can throw out into an English speaking environment is a little victory for who they are on the inside.” (28) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “bendito” </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Moses as an inspiration <ul><li>Being Latino in Christ: Finding Wholeness in Your Ethnic Identity by Orlando Crespo </li></ul>
  15. 15. Exodus 3:10-12 ( NIV) 10 “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, &quot;I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.&quot;
  16. 16. Moses as an inspiration <ul><li>Moses asks about his identity to God. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who am I?” </li></ul><ul><li>Crespo points out that Moses was tri-cultural: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>he was born a Hebrew; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>raised as an Egyptian; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>became a Midianite. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God called this tri-cultural man, Moses, to confront pharaoh and lead the Hebrew people from slavery to freedom. </li></ul><ul><li>“ God uses us where we are, in all our complexity and confusion, especially in our ethnic identity, and does great and wonderful things through us.” (24) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We are a new church in Central Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>We consider ourselves a bilingual & multicultural community. </li></ul><ul><li>HOWEVER, we define these unconventionally. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Arise Christian Church <ul><li>When we say we are “bilingual,” we are going beyond linguistics. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only are we bilingual (English & Spanish), we feel bilingual. </li></ul><ul><li>Our lives speak two different languages. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We are multicultural, in the fashion of how it is conventionally understood. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT, we go a step further to say that the Hispanic/Latino(a) community is multicultural. </li></ul><ul><li>We embrace “diversity within diversity.” </li></ul><ul><li>We understand that Puerto Ricans are not the same as Dominicans, who are not the same as Mexicans, who are not the same as Cubans, who are not the same as Salvadorians, who are not the same as Nuyoricans, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>We understand that 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and beyond generations of Hispanic/Latino(a)s are not the same. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Arise Christian Church <ul><li>We do not just consider ourselves a church for the “unchurched,” but more so, for the “unreachable.” </li></ul><ul><li>The “unreachable” is the Hispanic/Latino(a) that does not have a church they can call casa . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Arise Christian Church <ul><li>Our motto is: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Arise today towards a new ma ñ ana.” </li></ul>
  22. 22. Let’s have some tiempo de dialogo .
  23. 23. Thank you! ¡Gracias! Dios les bendiga .

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