Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Hispanic Ministries

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The rationale for this Committee is as follows:
•    As of 2009, the total population of the 22 counties which comprise the Diocese had grown by only 15% during the period since the 2000 Census, but the Hispanic population in this area had grown by 130%, nearly nine times as fast.  As a result, there are now several counties in which Hispanics represent an important proportion of the population, including Saluda (16%), Newberry (10%) and Greenville (8%).
•    At the national level, The Episcopal Church has recognized the growing importance of Hispanic ministry (the United States is the world’s second-biggest Hispanic “country), and has developed a strategic vision for reaching Latinos/Hispanics (published in 2009).
•    In the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, we have been responding to these realities by sponsoring two Hispanic missioners for several years, working in Columbia and Greenville, primarily.  Unfortunately, over at least the past two years, the Statement of Mission has not provided the support which our Hispanic missioners feel they need.

The fundamental purpose of the Committee for Hispanic Ministry would be to provide guidance and direction to Diocesan efforts in this area.  Given population growth trends, there is clearly opportunity for evangelism among Latinos/Hispanics in Upper South Carolina. In addition, it is likely that the committee could provide input of importance for discernment related to future selection of clergy and staff.

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