"I am a husband and father, wandering spiritual companion, photographer, communitarian, community cultivator. ?I unashamedly drive a mini-van. I?ve been known for paradoxically falling asleep watching movies and drinking way too much coffee. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and engaged many ministry experiences in my homeland-- including filling the role of church planter, spiritual director and 10 years as Program Director at a retreat and conference center. In 2005, my family and I moved to Seattle as part of our pilgrimage toward a more harmonious life.
My family and I are participants in a web of communities with different levels of intentionality? residential and non-residential. ?My interest in ?intentional community? while part of my cultural heritage, is also informed by my sense of hope in community that emerges out of Christian faith.? I was raised with a very communal consciousness. In my early 20?s, I discovered the works of Fr. Ernesto Cardenal from Nicaragua and his ?neo-monastic? community in the Solentiname Islands. Since then, my interest has deepened as I explore the practices of communities of faith, resistance and creativity.
I?m working on a Master of Divinity degree at the?School for Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. I am a Postulant for Holy Orders in?The Episcopal Church, which means I am a ?Priest wannabe.??My current ministry is as pastoral leader at Breakfast Liturgy, an experimental sacramental community that gathers around a food and service seeking to foster community, prayer and hospitality. I will be starting my MTI internship, as a part of the degree program, this Fall at Saint Paul?s Episcopal Church in Queen Anne, Seattle.
I have had the honor to be a speaker/presenter at conferences such as: Wild Goose Festival (2011) ?Big Tent Christianity (2011), TransForm Conference (2011), Episcopal Village PDX (2010), Greenbelt UK (2010), Film Faith and Justice Festival (2008, 2009), Emergent Theological Conversation with Prof. J?rgen Moltmann (2009), NAIITS ? North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (2009), The New Conspirators Conference (2008), among others.
In the June 2008 issue of?Sojourners Magazine, I was mentioned as one the top?10 Next-Gen leaders to watch. I have collaborated with God?s Politics: a Blog by Jim Wallis and friends ? Link here. I contributed to an article titled "New Monasticism, also known as ordinary life in the?neighborhood" which appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of the Geez Magazine. Link here. My reflection on Breakfast Liturgy was recently published at The Episcopal Voice (Diocesan publication), page 7. This short reflection was originally a paper for Sacramental and Liturgical Theology class. It was very well received in the diocese.
Other involvements and connections include:
- Intentional community
- Global justice movements
- Autonomous movements
- New monasticism
- Spiritual listening
- Creative expressions of church
- Anti-racism and racial reconciliation