Workshops


Building a Movement to End Poverty

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival builds on the legacy of Dr. King and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign to organize the poor and dispossessed to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental devastation and our distorted moral narrative. Over the summer of 2018, the Campaign launched an unprecedented wave of nonviolent civil disobedience across the country. Now organizers in over forty states are at the beginning of a massive organizing drive of the poor to build power and transformative change. In this session, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign alongside Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, will talk about the work of the Campaign and its vision going forward.


Conversations with the Co-Moderator

Come with your curiosity and questions for this conversation with Cindy, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly. Topics may include what she’s seen as she’s visited Presbyteries and congregations, to national programs like the Matthew 25 Invitation and Hands and Feet Initiative, to what being a co-moderator is like.


Presence in the Midst of Crisis

Seizing Change and Opportunity Through Long Term Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

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Danilie Hilerio

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Michelle Muñiz

This session intends to narrate the scope of disaster recovery efforts in Northwest Puerto Rico, diving into the complexities of the rural mountain and coastal towns access to short term aid; coping with long term recovery in housing infrastructure, communication and electrical grids, as well as water supply. We explore changes in our local communities providing opportunities for mission, engagement and service.

The Rev. Danilie C. Hilerio-Villanueva graduated from Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico in 2010 and was ordained as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Rincón in 2016. Since Hurricane María, she has been collaborating with congregations in her Noroeste Presbytery towards long term recovery, and currently serves as her presbytery’s  Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Michelle Muñiz, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, serves as the Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the Presbiterio de San Juan in Puerto Rico. While providing support to their 15 congregations as they recover from hurricanes Irma and María, she also coordinates projects for volunteers serving in the San Juan area through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). In 2013, she served in Miami through the PCUSA’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program, and led long and short-term volunteers in Miami until 2017. She is a member of First Spanish Presbyterian Church in Miami.


Solidarity, Justice, Community and the Church

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Dora Arce Valentín

In partnership with the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas and other sister churches, the Reformed Presbyterian-Church in Cuba has rearticulated the ministry of the diaconate as a ministry of solidarity. This workshop will explore the impact this new vision for ministry and training has had in the lives of those called to be deacons, and in the presence and mission of congregations.

The Rev. Dora Arce-Valentín is pastor of San Antonio de los Baños Presbyterian-Reformed Church and Moderator of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba. A minister with over 25 years of service, Dora also served as executive secretary for justice and partnership of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Proclaiming a New Thing

Ministry in an Age of Crisis

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José G. González-Colón

In times of rapid change, economic and environmental crisis, churches must learn to navigate through volatility and instability. We will provide a historical framework together with case studies and shared experiences. We will look at what are the gifts and skill sets necessary to minister in times of rapid transitions. Our attempt is to view change as an opportunity rather than a threat. 

The Rev. José González-Colón is pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Hato Rey in San Juan, Puerto Rico and outgoing Moderator of the Synod of Boriquén. Prior to that he pastored in Brooklyn and served as Moderator of the Presbytery of New York City. In addition to his church experiences José has over 25 years experience as a community organizer and environmental activist. He has served on several non-profit boards both faith-based and secular as well as collaborated on sustainable farming and restored fishery initiatives. Most recently, he has led the Hato Rey Church in founding Reencuentro Comunitario, the first faith-based Community Development Corporation of its kind in Puerto Rico.

Manos Indocumentadas

A Narrative of Hope

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Edith Alomar

Join us for a conversation about the process and importance of keeping a biblical narrative that would intentionally show the heart of God in a particular issue. We will share about the motivations behind the cantata “Manos Indocumentadas/Undocumented Hands”, the evolution of its characters and our efforts to maintain its relevance. We want to encourage those who attend to create music and worship that calls us to mobilize as the Gospel calls us.

Edith Alomar serves as Bishop with the Gathering Place Global Ministries, Inc. and has been in ministry for over 40 years. She has worked tirelessly in Hispanic communities of faith using music, dramatic arts, and production as a means of sharing a message of hope, change and restoration which is the essence of The Gospel.  In 2014 she was commissioned by The National Plan For Hispanic Latino Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and The Global Praise Program of the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC to create a cantata on immigration. As a result, Manos Indocumentadas (Undocumented Hands) was born. 

Migration as a Human Right

Root Causes & Faithful Responses 

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Emily Brewer

We know from personal experience, relationships, or seeing the news that people who migrate to the United States by crossing the southern border are experiencing some of the most egregious human rights violations in the last few years. This workshop will discuss some of the key issues, but more than an educational workshop, the emphasis will be on building a theological framework in our communities about the right to migrate and how Presbyterian communities can take action in support of and solidarity with migrants. This workshop is designed with non-immigrant individuals and congregations in mind, but please know that if you are someone who has migrated to the US your input and experiences are welcome and appreciated. 

The Rev. Emily Brewer is a US-passport-holding advocate for migrant justice, a commitment that began a decade ago when she was a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Guatemala. She attended Maryville College and Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and in her current work with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has been involved in nonviolent accompaniment in Colombia and along the US/Mexico border in Agua Prieta.

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4.14b, NIV 

(Jesus) said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.”

John 6.6, NRSV