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Greg Warren, first-year seminarian at Seminary of the Southwest, was recently awarded a United Thank Offering grant to travel to the Dominican Republic and learn more effective ways to engage in Hispanic ministries within the Episcopal Church. Funding for the grants came from the UTO ingathering during General Convention 2015.
Warren is a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Bentonville, Ark., and spent three decades in corporate advertising. He worked and lived in Latin America for much of that time. One reason for his choosing Seminary of the Southwest is its strong Hispanic Studies track. Warren worked most recently for Walmart. A change in positions there, from vice president of creative marketing to vice president of diversity and inclusion, acted as a bridge to his new vocation, said Warren.
Warren was one of five seminarians nationwide who was awarded a UTO grant in February. He will use the $2,000 to visit thriving Episcopal churches in the Dominican Republic in January 2017. (This is especially timely, Warren said, since the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, who hails from the Dominican Republic, recently became the first Hispanic woman to be elected as a cathedral dean in the Episcopal Church in the U.S., having been installed as dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Conn.) Through site visits and interviews, Warren hopes to learn cultural cues and miscues that will improve Hispanic ministries in the United States. For Example, he expects to learn the importance of healing and healing services, iconography.
In addition to sharing what he learns at the Seminary of the Southwest and parish with a Hispanic ministry, Warren said he would love to share with the diocese of Arkansas.