Latino & Multicultural Ministries in the Episcopal Church

  1. This documentary was a result of a project on multicultural congregations funded by the Louisville Institute and sponsored by Hartford Seminary. As part of that work I planned to revisit an Episcopal parish in Oxnard, CA, I filmed in 1999, when it was struggling to become a genuinely multicultural congregation with the leadership of a gifted Mexican-American priest, the Rev. Anthony Guillén. Now, 12 years later, Guillén was head of Latino/Hispanic ministries for the Episcopal Church. Reconnecting with him led to our filming an example of his current work in Las Vegas, Nevada, helping encourage similar developments throughout the church, and to filming the inspiring "New Community Lay and Clergy Conference" organized by him and his fellow "ethnic missioners" in the Episcopal Church in San Diego in March 2012. All these materials were used in telling this story. Recent material shot by me. 1999 material shot by Alan Dater. For music for this piece I am grateful to Jetro da Silva, Tita Lobo, Jose Roberto Hernandez, Jose Cuellar, and OCP. (Please note: While this piece is basically complete, we have not had sufficient funds to fully mix the sound track.) Meanwhile, DVD copies for educational use are available through James Ault Productions at

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  2. This is one passage at the end of a longer piece (55:00), still at a roughcut stage, of multicultural ministry focusing on the work of Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries in the Episcopal Church. By this point viewers will recognize Angela Ifill, Fred Vergara (who appear briefly in interview) as well as Hilario Cisneros and Rev. Guillén himself, main characters in the piece. This captures just a few of a multitude of moving, instructive and beautiful moments in what seemed to be a path-breaking event in the life of the church.

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  4. A report to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA. Commissioned by the Rev. Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church USA. Produced and directed by James Ault, James Ault Productions, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  5. Part of a conversation between Sam McDonald, Deputy COO and Director of Mission of the Episcopal Church, and the daughter of members of a church we were filming in Las Vegas. They had immigrated as adults from Nicaragua to the United States, but were raising their children in the US. In explaining her steadfast courage to confront fellow students bullying her friend, she reveals the continuing role of Latino culture and worldview in shaping the religious life of second generation Latinos and beyond. A very rough edit. The broader story of this ministry can be seen at

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Latino & Multicultural Ministries in the Episcopal Church

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Varied pieces created in projects both for the Episcopal Church and on my own, on Latino and multicultural ministries in the church.

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