By David Ramos
How do I begin to share the blessing that Brian and Grace imparted to us? To begin with, Brian comes back from a whirlwind tour of Europe and heads to Trinity Wall Street where he works in the evening. He and Grace arrive early the next morning and spend the whole day with us! We have been touched by Brian and Grace’s kindness, humility, and humanity. Brian moved gracefully through four scheduled events, which included meetings with American Bible Society staff, Latino Leadership Circle staff, a special luncheon with New York City area leaders, and a public event. Among many things Brian shared about his personal journey, described the history of the emergent dialogue, challenged us through narratives of faith in action, framed new questions for us, shared resources, and above all—authentically listened to us! While listening seems simple,
it is nevertheless an act that lamentably, and often tragically, is not practiced enough within our communities, and as one person said, “Listening is an act of love.”
Approximately sixty persons attended our event; there was a wonderful cross-section of leaders that included CEOs from the academy and from faith-based organizations, elders, missionaries, musicians, pastors, professors, seminarians, youth workers, and other market places leaders. There
was also a wonderful ethnic diversity represented that included Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites as well as a great intergenerational representation.
Our panelists included the distinguished presence of the Rev. Luis Alvarez Pastor of Park Slope Christian Tabernacle, Jose Humphreys, Regional coordinator for Nueva Esperanza, Myra Humphreys, Assistant Professor at Nyack College, Belinda Passafaro a Market place consultant, and Rev. Gabriel Salguero Assistant Professor at Alliance Theological Seminary who are all members of the Latino Leadership Circle.
We would like to thank all who participated, friendships were started and I can see the opening of great new possibilities for collaborative initiatives. We would like to thank Dr. Paul Irwin, Bob Briggs, Chris Thyberg, Karmen Wynick, Lois Jefferson, Cecilia Minano, and Kim Aycox of the American Bible Society for sponsoring, supporting, and hosting our event. Our gratitude also goes out to our other sponsors: Nyack College, The Lamb’s Theater, and Park Slope Christian Tabernacle.
A special thanks to our mothers in the faith, the Rev. Rosa Caraballo, the Rev. Sandra Serrano, and the Rev. Olga Simpson who continuously support us through their prayers, their presence, and by always thinking, speaking, and believing the best of us. And last but certainly not least to the Rev. RUDY CARRASCO our fan, supporter, brother, and encourager from the West Coast who put us together with Brian and his staff to make this happen. “DUDE, U B da man!!!” Brian and Grace, once again, from the bottom of our hearts, LLC thanks you.
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