Rev. Cesár Duran will be visiting Delta United Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28. On Saturday, he will lead a community conversation on Hispanic/Latino issues in Delta County. On Sunday, he will speak at both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services.
The Rev. Duran is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry as coordinator for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference (RMCUMC). He was commissioned in June 2015.
The RMCUMC is composed of 265 congregations in six districts in Colorado, Utah and two-thirds of Wyoming. Hispanic/Latino ministries are growing and vital in some areas. Cesár's appointment in 2015 represents an attempt to establish a coordinated approach to Hispanic/Latino work across the conference, which includes 1.5 million Hispanic/Latino people, or 17.5 percent of the population.
Cesár, a native of Mexico, was called by God when he was 17 years old and ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1995. He pastored churches in Mexico for 13 years and served in the United Methodist Church since January 2004.
He holds a bachelor of theology degree from Seminario Juan Wesley in Monterrey, Mexico, and a master of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology, Denver.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.