by Karen Young The 2016 Multicultural Ministries Leadership Seminar at Central Territorial Headquarters provided a time for divisional multicultural ministries coordinators and field advisors to discuss multicultural ministries across the territory, including programs being implemented, resources being used and new initiatives for effective cross-cultural outreach. The centerpiece of this year’s seminar was the African Heritage Ministries Consultation. The consultation brought together leaders of African descent (Caribbean, African immigrants and African Americans) who are serving in a variety of ministry roles and settings. Space was created for deep listening and sharing in order to explore leadership development, identify ministry challenges and share best practices, expectations and aspirations. The Rev. Bernard “Chris” Dorsey, president of HELM (Higher Education and Leadership Ministries) with …

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Conversations with the Catholic Church by Commissioner William Francis In December 2007 delegates representing the Roman Catholic Church and The Salvation Army met at the Army’s Sunbury Court Conference Centre near London, England, for the first in a series of five meetings of informal conversations. The decision to embark on these conversations was a natural consequence of the friendly and more frequent contacts between the Holy See and The Salvation Army and the visits of international Salvation Army leaders to Rome. During the conversations, papers were delivered that presented the Catholic and Salvationist perspectives on a number of subjects, including the Nature of the Church, Divine Revelation, Social Justice, Salvation, Sanctification, Theology and Forms of Mission. The discussions evidenced a search for the wholeness of the truth that is represented and expressed …

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The Italy and Greece Command of The Salvation Army is headquartered in Rome, Italy. The work of Escercito della Salvezza (The Salvation Army) in Italy began in 1893 after an initial effort in 1887 ceased operations. In 1890 meetings had recommenced in a northern Italian village by a man who eventually became an officer. The Army was decreed a philanthropic organization by Italy’s president in 1965 and received legal status as a church in 2009. In 2007 O Stratos Tis Sotirias (The Salvation Army) began operations in Thessaloniki, Greece, with the appointment of an officer couple of Greek nationality from Great Britain. Greece was recognized as part of the command in 2011; administration relocated to Athens a year later. The …

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The work of Exército de Salvação (The Salvation Army in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil) started in Rio de Janeiro in 1922. Operating as a national religious entity (per a presidential decree in 1984), the Army incorporated its social services in 1974 as APROSES (Assisténcia e Promoção Social Exército de Salvação), which was recognized as a federal public utility in 1991. Headquartered in São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities and Brazil’s financial center, the Brazil Territory has 42 corps (churches) 11 outposts (satellite churches), 123 active officers (pastors), 1,982 senior soldiers (members), 100 adherent members and 491 junior soldiers. The territory is divided into four administrative regions and one district. Among its 57 institutions include homes for …

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by Lt. Judith Fetzer, Pontiac, Mich., Corps Officer Eye Contact  Corps officers are so busy. We rush from meeting to program to event to report.  Slowing down to look people in the eye should be a discipline we practice. When the territorial evangelists come to town, life can slow down.  The corps officer has a helping hand from someone who understands the value of personal connection and will model the importance of lingering with “the least of these.” Direct, Encouraging Teaching It’s helpful to “call in the experts” to exhort our congregations to take a fresh look at the world and the Word. The territorial evangelists prayerfully prepare based on direction from the corps officer, so they can meet specific …

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by Major Brenda Herivel Community park clean up Contact your village hall or community government to see if any public areas are in need of some volunteers to help clean up. Once a date and location is approved, promote the clean-up day in your weekly bulletins, on your website and in the corps building.  Organize a corps van to bring the group to and from the community park and a breakfast or lunch, if necessary.   Have Salvation Army name tags or t-shirts so that SA volunteers can be identified. Partner with Habitat for Humanity Contact your local Habitat for Humanity organization to see if they need any more volunteers or current or future projects (you can find them on their …

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