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Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Bilingual church sets goals for 75th year

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For the past two years, Father Timothy Holder, “Poppa T,” of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee, has been reaching out to the Latino community in the area.

While in New Jersey he received his nickname from a group of rappers after he began offering a hip-hop Mass. His goal was to serve a wider audience that others would overlook. 

In January 2016, St. Thomas began what Holder refers to as a “Latino partnership,” with sermons delivered in both English and Spanish.

“I would say about 20 to 30 percent is in Spanish as of now,” said Holder. “The end goal is to have a completely bilingual service where English and Spanish are going at the same time, and I think we’re heading there. An example of this is during communion, I’ll offer the bread in Spanish and the wine in English.”

The day of a farm worker starts at the crack of dawn and stretches well into evening. These work days also call for hearty meals to keep workers energized.

Preparing these meals makes for an even earlier morning for some.

From April to October, Anabel Andrade begins her days in the kitchen at 4 a.m. to provide homemade and authentic Mexican meals to the migrant workers at Scott’s Farm and Jones and Church Farms in Unicoi County, Tennessee. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, she is the fuel for these workers’ day of strenuous labor.

Felipe De Oliviera Fiuza is the new director if the ETSU Language and Culture Resource Center. The Brazilian native wants to create an all-inclusive LCRC by implementing programs, classes and initiatives to educate people of different cultures and customs.

“We have great ideas and great plans about the future of the LCRC,” said Fiuza.

Fiuza believes there are many misconceptions about foreign cultures due to misinformation and prejudice in society, and the only way to eliminate these stereotypes will be to create a platform at ETSU to educate students at ETSU about how diverse and rich other cultures are.

Marcelo Kramer begins each of his capoeira classes with a history lesson. Then comes the music, and he expects everyone to join. Only after that does he begin instruction in the martial art.

Kramer, 33, has taught capoeira at ETSU’s Basler Center for Physical Activity since May 2016. He works hard to incorporate the cultural and historical significance of capoeira into the physical aspects of the class.

Soccer, football, futbol, whatever language is spoken and no matter where the origin, this sport has a global language.

Throughout the cold winter nights in Johnson City, groups of men and women from various backgrounds come together to play futbol.

For Hispanic Americans, futbol is an important part of life. The Johnson City Indoor Soccer leagues offer a place for communities to come together and play the game they love.

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