MARCHA 2017 | Dallas TX | Aug 10-13,2017


MARCHA 2017 will be a historic gathering where we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Hispanic/Latino Plan of the United Methodist Church, and rooted in God’s hope, together set a prophetic vision for the future of the Hispanic/Latino community, congregations and leaders in the United Methodist Church and beyond.

When: August 10-13, 2017

Where: Perkins School of Theology, Dallas Texas



MARCHA 2017, in collaboration with the National Hispanic/Latino National Plan of the UMC, will offer a diverse first-class lineup of speakers and work group facilitators that will invite participants to a transformational  reflection and engagement on issues impacting the Hispanic community and the society in general and share a vision of hope for the future of our communities, and ministries.

Mark Hugo López

 Mark Hugo Lopez is director of Hispanic research at Pew Research Center. He studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections, and Latino youth. Lopez also coordinates the Center’s National Survey of Latinos, an annual nationwide survey of Hispanics.



Pablo Alvarado

years, Alvarado, 38, is considered the Cesar Chavez of the jornaleros (day workers), who assemble on street corners, offering to do odd jobs. He is credited with, among other triumphs, spearheading the campaign to overturn ordinances around the country that prohibit day laborers from soliciting work in public places and with forming alliances on issues like better working conditions and higher wages with union federations, which tend to see immigrants as competitors.

Astrid Silva

Astrid Silva is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico living in the United States. The DREAMer and immigration activist made a national name for herself after she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.



Bishop Minerva Carcaño

Minerva Garza Carcaño was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 by the Western Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, the first Hispanic female ever elected bishop. he has a long history of committed involvement in ministries with immigrants and refugees, the poor and US/Mexico border communities. She has encouraged and led congregations to be active in community organizing and to work ecumenically believing that communities hold the experience and wisdom to create a world of justice and peace if they will but come together.


Alexis Francisco

As Graduate Student Intern, helped to organize and coordinate the East Harlem Community Alliance – a consortium of non-profits, businesses, religious organizations and government agencies working together to enhance the vitality and well-being of East Harlem. The Alliance pursues its mission by undertaking joint projects and activities designed to address the needs of the residents of East Harlem, and by serving as a forum through which member organizations can create connections, share information, and continue to grow and thrive in East Harlem.

Justo González


MARCHA 2017 will provide a myriad of plenary and small groups experiences, as well as times of worship and fellowship. The program has been designed in collaboration with the National Hispanic Latino Plan as we celebrate 25 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church. Click here to see the schedule.

Registration Fee

Early Bird (5/20 – 6/1): $200 / $100 (Seminarian/Youth)

Regular (6/2 to 7/11): $250 / $125 (Seminarian/ Youth)

Late (7/12 – 8/1): $300 / $150 (Seminarian/ Youth)

On Site: $350 / $175 (Seminarian/ Youth)

The registration fee includes participation in all plenaries and small group work, materials and one (1) ticket to the Leadership Celebration Banquet. Additional tickets can be bought during registration.


MARCHA Membership

During the registration process, participants will have the opportunity to become a member of MARCHA. THe members hip fee give persons the right to vote in all matters pertaining our caucus, and support the advocacy and leadership development ministries of MARCHA.

Official Hotel for MARCHA 2017

The Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities is the newest addition to the Dallas/SMU area. Their central location provides easy access to Downtown Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Fair Park/Cotton Bowl, American Airlines Center and so much more. Stroll down Greenville Avenue, through Victory Park, or shop till you drop at North Park Mall. Mockingbird Station is walking distance from the hotel and provides plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment. MARCHA has secured a special price for our event of $118 per night – double occupancy. The special group rate will be available only until 7/11/2017.

Click here to make sure hotel reservations – by 7/11/2017



Click here to make sure hotel reservations – by 7/11/2017

 Best airports for MARCHA 2017

There are two main airport options for MARCHA 2017

  • DFW – has less expensive and more airlines. Requires a $30-35 Uber ride to the MARCHA hotel.
  • Love Field – has Southwest Airlines, but limited other airlines. Requires a $15-20 Uber ride to the MARCHA Hotel.

Other Important Links

  • Youth Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available, to participate in MARCHA Youth extended program. Apply today.
  • Promotional Opportunities: MARCHA offers a unique opportunities to United Methodist agencies and partner organization to promote their services and programs to our constituency. We offer competitive package so you can share what God is doing in and through your organization.


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