The Who, What and Why Behind the Brown Church Movement.
There are two groups of people that are behind this brown church movement. The organizers and the supporters. Our preliminary lead team of organizers are made up of these individuals. Our supporters are those who identify as Brown in its various forms and want to get involved to support the movement to reach as far and wide as possible. We will be adding to this group consistently to represent the broad range of individuals that make up the Brown Church around the country and who have committed to this cause.
Dr. Robert Chao Romero Brown Church Author
Robert Chao Romero (PhD, University of California at Los Angeles; JD, University of California at Berkeley) is associate professor in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of the award-winning, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940, Jesus for Revolutionaries: An Introduction to Race, Social Justice, and Christianity, and Mixed Race Student Politics and now, The Brown Church:Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology and Identity. Read more about him here.
Dr. Liz Rios Lead Convener & Conference Organizer
Elizabeth Rios (DMin, Southeastern University; EdD, Nova Southeastern University) Liz Rios has more than 30 years of experience in urban ministry, faith-based nonprofit leadership and higher education administration. She was raised in a Latino AG church and has always cared for the various aspects of local church ministry and has served as an Executive Pastor and planter. Her recent DMin doctoral project concentrated on developing civically engaged and justice oriented churches from a Hispanic Pentecostal Perspective. An article in Christianity Today on the premise of her dissertation could be found here. Dr. Rios is involved in church planting training and research and has been a writer on issues of justice and women's leadership for many years. Read more about her here.
Dr. Raymond Rivera Lead Convener & Conference Host
Since 1964, the Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera has served our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as pastor, preacher, denominational executive, organization founder, and community builder. Throughout this time, he has preached, taught, and modeled Christ-centered holistic ministry, particularly in an urban context. His theological framework is Ministering in a Situation of Captivity™, based on the Old Testament lessons of the people of Israel. His program methodology is centered on LPAC’s Four Principles of Holistic Ministry™: Liberation, Healing, Community, and Transformation. Ultimately, he strives to strengthen the Four Pillars of Community Life™: Families, Schools, Community-Based Organizations, and Churches. Buy his book Liberty to the Captiveshere.
In each city we hope to have a Brown Church conference, we are gathering people who commit to serve on a City Committee to help us get the word out about the Brown Church Movement and Tour and also to sponsor or support in some way. The City Committee folks we've confirmed so far are listed here. If you would like to get involved, contact us here.
The Brown Church Movement is a collective of Brown church folks doing things around the country that impact, inform and inspire the Brown church world and its allies. It's fluid. It's simple. No one organization owns it. Many organizations and leaders joined together to set this movement off and we welcome others.
The Brown Church Movement is a celebration of all that the Hispanic/Latina/o/Latinx church has done in the U.S. They have transformed cities, built institutions, written books, become academicians and so much more. Usually an addendum to church history stories, we felt it was time to celebrate US for what those who came before have done, are doing and will continue to do long after we are gone. The Brown Church has been alive and well. We are just much more comfortable in our skin and with our voice. We no longer will tolerate being an afterthought.