For Immediate Release
July 21, 2020
Connection of LGBTQ-Affirming Latin American Churches Joins the Reconciling Movement
Ministerios Reconciliadores America Latina y el Caribe Partners with Reconciling Ministries Network
On July 20, 2020, Ministerios Reconciliadores America Latina y el Caribe (Ministerios Reconciliadores) became a part of the global Reconciling movement. This ministry represents over fifty inclusive communities identified around Latin America (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti).
Ministerios Reconciliadores is modeled after Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and works to increase the visibility of Latin American LGBTQ-affirming Christian communities of any denomination. Convener Jonathan Cintrón explains, “Inclusive ministries are used to working in silos because they don’t know that there are other ministries like theirs. Two of our member ministries in the same city didn’t know about each other because of the taboo. We want our network to be where every person looking for a Reconciling Church or group in Latin America can go and pinpoint a place where they will be welcome.”
Reconciling Ministries Network Executive Director Jan Lawrence says: “RMN is thrilled to partner with Ministerios Reconciliadores around their mission of bringing word of God’s inclusive love to those in communities throughout Central America. The Reconciling movement in Latin America began formally in Brazil in 2017, and it has grown as more of our siblings turned to this ministry for hope. We pray for joy and courage for our LGBTQ Christian siblings in Latin America and the Caribbean, and we hope this ecumenical partnership strengthens our hearts and ministries.”
As a vibrant, growing network, Ministerios Reconciliadores aims to advance four objectives: community engagement, education, advocacy, and service. Citing the importance of robust theological education in combatting homophobia and transphobia, Ministerios Reconciliadores offers two certifications in theological studies: Contemporary Theologies and Theology, Gender and Sexuality. In addition, they hope to offer a variety of free educational webinars and podcasts and free theological education to fifty students in the coming years.
Says Cintrón, “My liberation came into being when I liberated myself from the shameful interpretation of texts from the Bible. It’s very important that we keep doing that work. We need to stop being urban legends and be a reality.”
Living into its shared baptismal covenant, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) equips and mobilizes United Methodists to resist evil, injustice, and oppression as we seek justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. RMN envisions a renewed and vibrant Wesleyan movement that is biblically and theologically centered. As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, RMN strives to transform the world by living out the Gospel’s teachings of grace, love, justice, and inclusion for all of God’s children.
For more information, contact:
Ophelia Hu Kinney, Director of Communications
Reconciling Ministries Network