Loving the Poor within and without
On January 14, 2016, the Veritas et Caritas Institute (VCI) welcomed ministry leader and speaker Ryan Taylor to our campus. Mr. Taylor led discussions during both the Student Symposium, “Cultivating Service: Loving the Poor Within and Without,” and the evening gathering, “Equipped for Service: Loving the Poor Within and Without.”
Ryan is director of Network Ministries, a downtown Denver hospitality house for the chronically homeless and mentally ill. Network seeks to befriend and provide community for some of the most overlooked individuals of the city. Network’s mission is “long-term redemptive relationships.”
Ryan is also director of Access Denver, a spiritual formation community that chaplains those who are working among the marginalized poor. Access is an affiliate program of Mile High Ministries.
After completing a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2006, Ryan felt distinctly called to be in deep relationship with marginalized people and places. This led him to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation (the poorest county in the U.S.), and Ferguson, Missouri amidst the height of racial conflict in the fall of 2014.
As a speaker, Ryan has delivered messages at the Q Conference, the Denver Christmas Conference, the Denver Faith and Justice Conference, and a number of churches in the Denver metro area.
Ryan is convinced that relationships with the poor shine a light on our own poverty, and allow us to more fully experience the presence of God.