Book Forum & Prayer Rally
FILIPINO AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
Like Milkfish in Brackish Water
The Rev. Dr. Winfred Vergara
Missioner for Asiamerica Ministry
The Episcopal Church
Invites you to take part in a symposium about how this resource
can help you understand and do Filipino American Ministry
Who can attend:
Invited Clergy and Lay leaders of any Religious Affiliation
serving or interested to learn about Filipino Community building
When: January 27-28, 2012 at 12 Noon to 12 noon
Filipino American Ministry Presentation and Open Prayer Rally
On January 27 at 6:30 PM.
Where: Holy Child & St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
777 Southgate Ave, Daly City, CA 94015
Contact: (650) 991-1560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants coming from distant places may be eligible for free Hotel accomodation only
(Excerpts from the Introduction)
This book presents a re-thinking and re-visioning of Filipino ministry in the context of multi-ethnic, multicultural American Church and Society. It narrates the salient points in Filipino American history, cultures and traditions. It discusses the various issues in theology, evangelism, church planting, Christian formation and discipleship. Most of all it urges the American Church to welcome and celebrate Filam Ministry and to give it the attention it deserves.
Why does Filipino American Ministry deserve attention? Filipinos are some of the earliest, largest, most educated and upwardly mobile immigrant groups to settle in America. There is a special relationship between the Philippines and the United States that dates back at the turn of the 20th century when America, still emerging as the world’s superpower, took Philippines under the shadow of its wings. Filipino American culture is unique in the sense of its interconnectedness. Philippine geography is in the Asia but its base culture and traditions are markedly multicultural, with dominant Spanish and North American influences.
How will Filipino American Ministry express itself in the 21st century? In looking for images, I thought about the milkfish. Called “bangus” in Tagalog, the milkfish can survive in fresh water and in salty water but it thrives best in brackish water. As servant of Christianity, Filam Ministry must learn from the ways of the milkfish. It must learn to take this ministry of “both and,” the gift of prophetic accommodation. Filam Clergy and Faithful must become a ministers of reconciliation, a ministry bestowed by the Master-Fisherman who wishes all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth.