Scripture is full of violence. As practitioners, it can be confusing to know how to respond to questions about that violence, especially when it seems God sanctioned or blessed. As participants walk through this workshop, they will have the opportunity to reimagine the place and purpose of the violence in the old and new testament. Through the lens of a holistic and redemptive hermeneutic, this workshop will give practitioners a scriptural foundation for what it means to be people of peace alongside their communities as they have faith in and work towards the establishment of God’s kingdom.
Marissa: Marissa Salgado grew up in a multicultural Mexican American home in California, where she developed a passion for cross cultural relationship building. She joined Casa Chirilagua in 2016 and currently serves as the Programs Director. Prior to Casa, she spent 8 months volunteering in Mexico and Guatemala, learning about incarnational ministry and grassroots community development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Marissa is passionate about indigenous leadership development, immigration, and justice and reconciliation within the church. She and her husband Jon live intentionally alongside their immigrant neighbors in the Chirilagua neighborhood.
Jon: As someone who has called China, Jordan, Iowa, DC, and Virginia home, Jon Paramore is wholeheartedly committed to the redemptive message of the gospel and has dedicated his life to inviting others into the freedom of the kingdom. Working with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, he discipled students and led immersive programs for those longing to practice living out the gospel on the margins. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Arabic. He now serves as the Development Director for Casa Chirilagua and lives with his wife in the Chirilagua neighborhood, honored to live alongside such faith filled neighbors.