First of ‘Contemporary Latin Conversations’ to focus on pandemic’s effect on children

VALLEY FORGE, PA (3/30/21)—“Childhood: Silent Victim of the Pandemic” (“La niñez: víctima silente de la pandemia”)—the first installment of periodic online “Contemporary Latin Conversations”—will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, April 17. Contemporary Latin Conversations is a program of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Latino Ministries, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Caucus.

The conversations aim to address how the church can respond to current challenges across the United States and Puerto Rico. The first dialogue is focused on analyzing how children have been affected by the pandemic, the challenges they have faced, and how adults can help them cope.

Panelists are as follows: the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, coordinator of relations with theological entities, Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH); the Rev. Dr. Efraín Torres, pastor of La Esperanza Baptist Church, Caguas, Puerto Rico, and clinical psychologist; and Dr. Harold Segura, World Vision Director of Faith and Development for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The event is free of cost, but online registration is required. All registered participants will receive confirmation with a link to participate in the workshop.

For more information, contact ABHMS’ Abigail Medina Betancourt at

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission  worldwide.