Every August, Kanuga transforms into a multicultural experience with Nuevo Amanecer. This year’s conference is August 27-30 and promises to continue its longstanding mission of supporting ministry within the Latino and Hispanic community.
Celebrating Unity and Creating Opportunities
Translated as “new dawn,” Nuevo Amanecer has two driving principles. The first is to bring everyone involved in Latino ministry together—both laity and clergy. “Our main purpose is networking,” says the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Director of Ethnic Ministries for the Episcopal Church. “We want attendees to know each other so we can work together, collaborate, and share resources. We want to recognize our gifts and celebrate our unity.”
The second purpose is to provide formation opportunities. With carefully selected keynote speakers and more than 30 available workshops, the goal is to train the next generation and equip them with the proper resources. This year’s keynote speakers include the Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez, XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; the Rt. Rev. Rafael L. Morales Maldonado, VII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico; and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation for The Episcopal Church.
Providing Inspiration for Work within Communities
The keynote speakers and the workshops revolve around a central theme of build, equip, and inspire. “My hope is that people come and are inspired in their ministry. I hope the testimonies they hear will inspire them to try new things and be bold,” says the Rev. Guillén.
The hope for this year’s conference is to reach another milestone of 500 attendees. “Whether they are just beginning—or seasoned in Latino ministry—everyone can attend,” says the Rev. Guillén. While the conference provides numerous learning opportunities, it is also a time of physical and spiritual respite. Guided morning walks start the day before breakfast, with plenty of breaks to enjoy Kanuga’s natural beauty. “Our aim is to balance good content, engaging workshops, and worship while taking advantage of the nature we find ourselves in at Kanuga.”
Registration is now open for Nuevo Amanecer. Learn more and reserve your space online.