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1,700 Attend National Black/Brown Evangelical Summit, Unprecedented Gathering of Latino and African American Clergy

1,700 Attend National Black/Brown Evangelical Summit, Unprecedented Gathering of Latino and African American Clergy

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PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE
WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- America's largest Hispanic Christian Organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals, sponsored the third Annual Hispanic/African American Evangelical Summit in the Baltimore Metropolitan area on April 30. "With approximately 1,700 in attendance, this event establishes the gathering as the premier Black/Brown faith event in our nation. The African American Hispanic Summit served the Christian community as it provided a venue for multi-layered, cross cultural interactions," declared Dr. Angel Nunez, NHCLC Senior Vice President and National Director of the Hispanic/Black Evangelical Alliance. "All of the planning meetings, pre-event prayers and rehearsals have created an exposure to diversity as well as an awareness of many similarities that exist between our cultures. And this knowledge is the platform for capacity building and unity. This summit, on a grander scale, prophetically initiates the dismantling of the black/brown divide that separated African Americans and Hispanic Christians," added Nunez. The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals established the National Hispanic African American Evangelical Alliance in 2006 under the backdrop of immigration reform when reports circulated that African Americans were not as supportive of immigration reform legislation as initially projected. This year the summit included clergy workshops and conversations on common challenges and goals. The evening culminated in Mt. Pleasant Church where leading African American pastors such as Bishop Frank Reid, Bishop Harry Jackson, Rev. Marcus Johnson, Bishop Clifford Johnson and others joined Hispanic pastors as Dr. Jesse Miranda, NHCLC Chief Executive, delivered the keynote address. Miranda foresees the event regionalized in order to maximize effectiveness. "At Black/Latino Summit III, we witnessed a clergy-led and community-based model of reconciliation that merits being taken to every region of the country. The genuine relationship between convening pastors Johnson and Nunez not only exemplifies the "love of neighbor" Christ commanded but is the spark that can ignite the new thing for which many of us have prayed for years," Miranda said. The 2010 Summit will include regional gatherings in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New York City and the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas. "Hispanics and African Americans stand as the Peter and John of the 21st Century American Church. We stand before the Gate called Beautiful. Our communities once again lie crippled, paralyzed and without hope. We, the Black and the Brown may not have all the silver or the gold but what we have we give; In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we tell our families, communities and nation, get up and walk," stated Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, NHCLC President. Rev. Daniel Delgado, NY/NJ NHCLC Chapter Director and Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, saw the event from a historical platform. Delgado described the moment as "A historic moment where chronos intersects with kairos and walls of division built over decades came crumbling down. The NHCLC stands at the forefront to spearhead a reformation of reconciliation and healing, which will bring unity which commands the blessing." The next National Hispanic African American Evangelical Summit will take place in early 2010. For Interviews and additional information, please contact Maritza Ramirez, NHCLC Marketing and Media Director, at 916-919-7476. www.hispanicevangelicals.com andhispanicchurch@aol.com