Other Sheep Latinas/os in the USA
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Rev. Thomas S.
Bigelow
Coordinador para
Latinas/os en los EEUU
Coordinator for Latinas/os
in the USA, 2010-2011
April 24, 2010

Dear Friends,

Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a retired Episcopal priest
who has worked for the past three years to develop a Latino
ministry in the Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington). For two
years I was the sacerdote of Santa Isabel in Burien, WA. Last fall I
traveled to Argentina and met the Rev. Tom Hanks. He introduced
me to Otras Ovejas. I have worked for LGBT rights for many years
but I have come to realize the challenge it is to be openly gay and
Christian in the Latino community. Otras Ovejas seemed like a
ministry that complimented the one I was already involved in. So, I
traveled to New York City to meet Stephen Parelli and his partner
Jose Ortiz. They are wonderfully caring and dedicated men and I
think we shall work well together.

My abuela (grandmother) came from Vera Cruz in Mexico. I have
traveled to Mexico and other Latin American countries to
understand my roots. I have found the churches mainly closed to
LGBT folks. I realize the deep prejudice against our orientation in
the cultures. These ideas influenced our families as they came to
the United States. So we have many challenges. I believe, with
God's help, we can overcome them so that we can be proud of
being Christian and Latino at the same time.

To do this we need to be willing to reach out and help one
another. Otras Ovejas is here to do that very thing. Please feel
free to contact me with your ideas and concerns. I am here to help.

Bendeciones,

Thomas Bigelow
Let me tell you a little about myself
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