Con Confianza

Con Confianza

You've been entrusted with a meaningful ministry. Now what?!? Featuring long-form interviews with LaFe Leaders and friends, we dig into relevant topics for campus ministry and Latino leadership. At the intersection of Christian faith and Latino ethnic identity, God has a gift for you. Brought to you by InterVarsity's Latino Fellowship (LaFe)

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January 24, 2021 56 min

On this episode, Steve and Melyssa engage with questions that might have come up for listeners during this season: questions around Afrolatinidad, intersectionality, and walking with Christ in the pursuit of justice.

We hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation!

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We're all on a journey when it comes to our ethnic identity ... whether we realize it or not! In this episode, Steve sits down with Charlene Accetturo to talk about her discoveries and wrestling with her AfroLatina roots (literally).

Charlene is an entrepreneur and business owner. She's Dominican and Puerto Rican. She's a worship leader and a hair stylist based in Tampa, FL.

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In today's episode, Charlene and Steve...

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In The Future is Mestizo, Fr. Virgilio Elizondo says: "The mestizo affirms both the identities received while offering something new to both." As we continue to explore Afrolatinidad, we brought in an expert on mixed ethnic identity to help us better understand the experiences and gifts of those in our community who come from mixed heritage.

Chandra Crane is an author, speaker, and resource specialist. In this interview, she...

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How does Afro-Latina ethnic identity shape political activism? Join us for this conversation with Jennifer Garrett, former LaFe Staff who is a Dominican activist and serves as the Director of Communications and Coaching with the St. Pete Underground.

NOTES
Jennifer referred to the book Black Behind the Ears (https://www.amazon.com/Black-behind-Ears-Dominican-Identity/dp/0822340372/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=black...

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In this interview, Steve and Maritza discuss Afro-Latino identity. Maritza shares her experience learning to love the image she sees in the mirror, the person God made. They also discuss intersectionality, worship, and advocacy.

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In this cultural moment, America's experiencing a much-needed racial reckoning. We're crying out and working for justice for black men and women. And "they are us."

The Latino community carries a remarkable diversity - ethnic, cultural, and racial. Some of us look brown, others white, others black. And if we look deep enough into our Latino heritage, we find African roots.

This interview features Melyssa Cordero, LaF...

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April 26, 2020 101 min

In this raw cut, Steve interviews Rev. Dr. Orlando Crespo on grief. They cover a range of topics across a broad set of issue. This episode is unedited. We're planning to transcribe it, edit, and release it as an eBook.

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Dig deeper into the Beloved Paradigms with Natalia Kohn Rivera, LaFe's Associate Director of Spiritual Formation. On this episode, Natalia answers questions about the paradigms - the Bridal Paradigm, the Child Paradigm, and the Friend Paradigm. She helps us see how these paradigms affect every aspect of our ministries.

SHOW NOTES
In this episode, Steve and Natalia talk about the book Hermanas by Kristy Garza Robinson, Natalia K...

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What's it look like to start to engage with the Beloved Paradigms? In this episode, we hear from Angelica Morelos - InterVarsity's Campus Staff Minister at UC Davis - and her journey to engage these paradigms. This is a fresh, honest testimony from someone right in the midst of it.

SHOW NOTES 
In this episode, Steve mentions the book Divino Compañero: Toward a Hispanic Pentecostal Christology by Dr. Sammy Alfaro (click here t...

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February 19, 2020 34 min

In John 15:15, Jesus said "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." In today's episode, we hear from Alyssa Read - Team Leader with InterVarsity at Chico State - on the Friend Paradigm.

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Alyssa refers to "Seeking God's Face" in the episode, an exce...

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February 18, 2020 38 min

God loves us the way a perfect parent loves a child. In this episode, we hear from Molly Ramos - Regional Community College Coordinator with InterVarsity in the Greater Los Angeles Region - about this Child Paradigm. Molly shares from her experience working on community college campuses, with Latino students, and as a parent who will always love her children.

SHOW NOTES
To connect with Molly Ramos or to get access to her paper "H...

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February 17, 2020 44 min

God invites us to see ourselves as his beloved, to be the Bride of Christ. In this episode, we interview Ben Sosa - Associate Pastor at The Refinery Church in Fresno, CA - about the Bridal Paradigm ... how it challenges Latinos (especially Latino men) and how it can bless us in our ministry.

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Connect with Pastor Ben Sosa on Instagram (click here)

Interested in visiting Ben's church? Learn more about Refinery Church - W...

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Your perspective on God and your relationships with him has a significant impact on what you do with the ministry that's been entrusted to you. Join Natalia Kohn Rivera, LaFe's Associate Director of Spiritual Formation, as we learn about the Beloved Paradigms and see how we can engage more deeply with God's great love for us.

Show Notes:
Natalia recently wrote Hermanas (click here to purchase) together with Kristy Garza...

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We need healthy intimacy with Jesus in order to have a healthy ministry. This interview with Natalia Kohn Rivera (LaFe's Associate Director of Spiritual Formation) explores the challenges we face along the way. 

Show notes: 
Natalia recently wrote Hermanas (click here to purchase) together with Kristy Garza Robinson and Noemi Vega Quiñones, an exploration of God's call to live a life of influence. The book speaks directly to ...

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December 31, 2019 40 min

God has great reasons for creating diverse communities. In this interview with Stacy Rafferty (InterVarsity's National Director of Diversity), we dig into how our health impact our ability to fully participate in diverse communities and how inclusive teams produce healthy ministry.

Show notes:
Stacy references a video from Ram. Unfortunately, that video is not available at this time.

Connect with Stacy via email at stacy.rafferty&...

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December 31, 2019 31 min

Leading out of our strengths helps us be healthy in the midst of our ministry. In this interview, Rene Aguirre (LaFe's Senior Associate Director) shares his own experience with strengths-based leadership, as well as how this intersects with Latino ethnic identity and Christian spirituality.

Show Notes:
Rene mentions Gallups' CliftonStrengths profile in this episode. Click here for a link to the test: CliftonStrengths.

To conne...

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Getting healthy for ministry involves more than just our bodies. In this episode, Jennifer Aguirre shares a holistic-dynamic model for health that she's crafted in her years as a licensed professional counselor.

Show notes:
We're going to include some details on Jennifer's model here in the show notes and are grateful to get a first look at her thinking on this. The model includes 5 categories for a holistic picture of he...

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December 31, 2019 57 min

The health of the mentor has an impact on the health of the protégé. In this episode, Abner Ramos drills down to the foundation of his ministry to coach planters and shares a spiritual insight that can have a huge blessing for any ministry leader.

Show notes:

  • In this episode, Abner recommends a pair of daily devotionals. Morning and Evening (click here to purchase) by Charles Spurgeon shares a scripture and an expositional reflection...
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    We've each been given the gift of an ethnic identity. How we engage our ethnic identities has a huge impact on our health. And this is something God cares about. In this interview with Rev. Dr. Orlando Crespo, we explore this topic in depth.

    Show notes:

  • Orlando has written Being Latino in Christ (click here to purchase), an excellent resource to help you learn about Latino heritage and how our relationship with Jesus impacts our ...
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    December 31, 2019 42 min

    Getting healthy for ministry requires us to develop healthy working relationships with the people around us. In this interview, we talk with Victoria Mejia (LaFe's Associate Director of Leadership Development) about how to build healthy teams.

    Show notes:

  • During the interview, Victoria references LaFe20 - InterVarsity's national Latino student conference - which is being held in late December 2020. For more information, go to...
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