At the 2017 Young Adult Retreat, Captain Xav Montenegro will be leading a workshop on Understanding and Countering Racism. Racial tensions abound in this country and it is increasingly difficult to have honest conversations about what is happening. Christians themselves struggle to know how to respond in a way that not only acknowledges our racial challenges, but also makes a positive impact. In this workshop we will discuss our current problems with racism and think through how we as Salvationists can make a difference in our Army and in our country.
Xavier is a first generation Salvationist from Des Plaines, IL and was recently appointed the corps officer in Elgin along with his wife Heather. He is the son of South American (Ecuador/Colombia) immigrant parents and was the first person in his family to be born in the United States. Xavier has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also received a Master of Christian Formation from North Park Theological Seminary where he spent time studying racial reconciliation, social justice, and multi-ethnic ministry. He and his wife have served as corps officers in Norfolk, Nebraska for three years followed by six years at the College for Officer Training. Xavier taught classes on mission, theology, multi-ethnic ministry, and social justice during his time there. Xavier enjoys rooting for the Bears and Cubs, failing at golf, and spending time with his three children Xavi (11), Hannah (9), and Lucas (5).
For more info about the 2017 Young Adult Retreat, and to register, click here.