ALDIE, Va. (AP) — At a clapboard church in this Northern Virginia town, a small group gathers to rrrroll their R's and add diversity to their resumes.This is the goal of the church now?
They're members of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia — clergy, seminary students and diocesan employees learning liturgical Spanish. Their goal is to conduct a church service for Hispanics who are considering religions outside their traditional Roman Catholic faith.
For now, Mr. Jones said, many congregations simply accommodate Spanish speakers when they can.This is absurd. Perhaps English services should encourage native spanish-speakers to LEARN our home language.
Rebecca Gibson, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester and a former high school Spanish teacher, led the four-week liturgical course in Aldie. She stressed the intricacies of Spanish pronunciation.
"We're going to want to say it like we do in English, but we have to make sure the pronunciation is right — kahn-fairrr-may-see-own," she enunciated. Around the room, a few students tried sounding out the Spanish version of "Confirmation," a commitment rite.
Or we could just give them the church! And the kicker:
"If a Spanish-speaking person comes to church and hears somebody trying, but not really knowing what they're doing, that's not going to make them very welcome," Mrs. Gibson said.