New Conference Committee Begins Its Work With October 31 'Usapan'

October 15, 2009

The new Conference Committee on Filipino American Ministries (CCFAM), enacted into existence by the 2009 Annual Conference Session, will meet for the first time on Saturday, October 31, beginning at 9 a.m., at Sterling Park Recreation Center in Colma, California.

The all-day gathering is, in the Tagalog language of the Philippines, a Kapamilya or KaFAMilya ("we are all one family") usapan ("time of conversation"). Kapamilya is a unique Filipino cultural practice deeply rooted in the biblical tradition of the people of God, according to the committee.
Filipino representatives of existing ministries and churches are invited to participate in this visioning session as the committee transitions from a caucus. Clergy, local pastors and CLayM, lay members to Annual Conference Session, lay speakers, lay leaders, deaconesses, and youths and young adults in Filipino (and predominantly Filipino) congregations are especially encouraged to attend.
The committee is the first of its kind in the entire United Methodist Church, according to its acting chair, the Rev. H. Wilson de Ocera.
"My hope and prayers are that we come as Filipinos/Filipino-Americans, united, with the intention of significantly contributing to the ministries of our Conference in the trajectory of liturgical liberation, church growth, poverty alleviation, global health, fund sourcing and resourcing, collaborating with appropriate general agencies, and relief and rehabilitation," de Ocera says. 
"Our whole-hearted participation, I believe, determines our success. We can be a model to other conferences, too!"
RSVP to by October 26. A donation of $5 per person is suggested to cover the cost of lunch.
Sterling Park Recreation Center is located at 427 "F" Street, Colma, CA 94014.
For more information, download flyer (in PDF format).