ReconcilingWorks wants to celebrate with your faith community and is happy to offer these resources. Many RIC communities celebrate RIC Sunday on the last Sunday in January. ReconcilingWorks encourages you to celebrate on a date that is meaningful for your community.
ReconcilingWorks is grateful for Joseph Castañeda Carrera and the Rev. Tita Valeriano, this year's RIC Sunday service resource authors.
Joseph Castañeda Carrera
ADORE Now, North Hollywood, CA
Joseph Castañeda Carrera serves as TEEM Pastor and mission developer with the people of ADORE Now, the San Fernando Valley, California. ADORE Now, a multicultural, pro-LGBTQ+ community, launched as a new all-together community of diverse people of faith, struggle, and courage who gather to share personal experiences with God in community and mutually encourage faith. Joseph grew up in Santa Paula, California, and studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Birmingham, England, and California State University, Northridge. Joseph is completing his theological education through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and coursework at Luther Seminary and Wartburg Seminary.
Prior to ministry Joseph had more than a decade of experience in community development and nonprofit management, working in multicultural communities for social justice, educational attainment, and wellbeing. Joseph served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. Through his work, a passion has been cultivated for working with communities and sharing the grace-filled, liberating Word of God and sacramental gifts.
Rev. Tita Valeriano
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA
Rev. Tita Valeriano was born and raised in the Philippines, a third-generation Lutheran. The youngest of twelve children, she earned two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and church music (focusing on contextualization of liturgy and music in Asia and other parts of the world) from the Philippines. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1998. She has served in various ministries of the church, as parish pastor, campus ministry pastor, mission development explorer, and the Lutheran World Federation’s Youth/Young Adult Executive Secretary and Regional Officer for North America. Her ministry has focused on nurturing multicultural, missional church that invites and includes youth and young adults, people of color, and those at the margins of the society. She is also very involved in justice-oriented and advocacy ministries in the community especially on immigration, economic justice, homelessness, LGBTQ and worker’s rights. She is also interested in post-colonial theology and practice. Traveling in different parts of the world, she has learned from and worked with passionate young people and church leaders on global issues such as HIV/AIDS, war and conflict, interfaith relations, and socio-economic justice. Aside from music, liturgy and advocacy, her other passions that inspire and gives her joy her are traveling and meeting people from various cultures, photography, and practicing her international cooking with gathered friends in her home with her spouse, Jennifer and Taal, their toddler son.