WASHINGTON (February 23, 2000) -- Dozens of workshops to highlight concerns for the 21st Century will be featured at Encuentro 2000: Many Faces in God's House, slated for July 6-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Topics cross a wide range of issues and include everything from how different cultures voice their faith to the need to create an atmosphere where people of different backgrounds become one at worship.
Workshops include the following:
- The Gift of Popular Devotions in Catholic Cultures
- Raising Children to Blossom in a Multicultural Society
- Building Solidarity Through Healthy Intercultural Ministry
- Women's Movements, the Church, and the Many Faces
- Abortion: Strategies for Prevention
- Our Best Kept Secret: Strategies for Sharing Catholic Social Teaching
- From Exclusive to Inclusive Parish and Diocesan Environments
- One Church, One America: The Vision of Ecclesia in America and Its Applications in U.S. Dioceses and Parishes
- Common Ground: Overcoming Polarization and Alienation
- Shared Responsibility at the Decision-Making Table
- Deafness as a Culture
- Enhancing Evangelization Initiatives through Technology
- Catholic Schools: Challenge and Opportunity for Newcomers
- The Unfinished Business of Welfare Reform
- Jail and Prison Ministry: Challenge and Reconciliation
- A Parish Network to Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
- The Right to Health Care--Denied!
- Lift Every Voice and VOTE!
- Immigration Law: Will It Respect the Family or Tear It to Pieces?
- Solidarity and Acceptance: Working for Amnesty for the Undocumented
- Option for the Poor: Reaching Out to Low-Wage Immigrant Workers
- Land and People: The Union of Environmental and Economic Justice
- A Culture of Violence
- The United States and Mexico Border: Barriers or Bridges?
- After the Abortion
- Preaching the Just Word in the Culture of the Hearers
The workshops will provide for input and sharing throughout Encuentro 2000, the U.S. bishops' key event for the Jubilee Year 2000. Participants will include people rooted in Hispanic, African-American, Native-American, Asian/Pacific Island, Latin-American, European and other cultures as they examine the Church at the launch of the Third Millennium.
Previous Encuentro meetings have focused on Hispanics in the Church. For the Jubilee year 2000 the Bishops' Committee on Hispanics sought to broaden the event by hosting the event for all groups.
In addition to the workshops, Encuentro 2000 activities also will include key addresses by nationally-known speakers, liturgies, an international food festival, music and dance by various ethnic groups and other celebrations to highlight the many faces of the Church.
More information on Encuentro 2000 can be found at www.encuentro2000.org or calling 202-541-3413.