How we   define “bilingual & multicultural” @ Arise Christian Church Rev. Samuel Robles Jr., M.Div. Pastor & co-planter of...
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...
We are a faith community “at the hyphen” <ul><li>¡Alabadle!: Hispanic Christian Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edited by Ju...
We are a faith community “at the hyphen” <ul><li>For many Hispanics born in the US, we are made to feel as though we don’t...
“ The Latino/a population is a polyculture combining a heterogeneous and multicolored group of people who have diverse eth...
Our language <ul><li>For many of us,  Spanglish  is our mother tongue, and intermingling of Spanish and English. </li></ul...
Our Motto <ul><li>“ Arise today towards a new ma ñ ana.” </li></ul>
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At Arise Christian Church, we define "bilingual" and "multicultural" unconventionally. This is how we define it, and effectively do ministry in our context.

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Defining Bilingual And Multicultural at Arise Christian Church

  1. 1. How we define “bilingual & multicultural” @ Arise Christian Church Rev. Samuel Robles Jr., M.Div. Pastor & co-planter of Arise Christian Church
  2. 2. 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>
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. 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>There are many families that are intercultural, with representation from different cultures. </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>
  5. 5. 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>
  6. 6. We are a faith community “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>Topics of Pilgrims, Exile, and mestizaje define who we are. </li></ul><ul><li>The hyphen is between “Cuban” and “American,” or “Mexican” and “American,” etc. Many of use live at this hyphen. </li></ul>
  7. 7. We are a faith community “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><ul><li>We find our wholeness in Christ! </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. Our language <ul><li>For many of us, Spanglish is our mother tongue, and intermingling of Spanish and English. </li></ul><ul><li>Both the Spanish & English language define our life and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>There are folks who identify themselves with being a Hispanic/Latino(a), yet do not speak, or even understand Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of us speak Spanish with an English accent, and we speak English with a Spanish accent. </li></ul><ul><li>We embrace it all! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Our Motto <ul><li>“ Arise today towards a new ma ñ ana.” </li></ul>

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