We in the Greater Milwaukee Synod celebrate with our Latinx siblings Hispanic Heritage Month! This year’s theme is “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America.”
As together we deepen our commitment to authentic diversity and authentic faith, it’s important to reflect on how blessed our whole church is by the full inclusion of our Latinx siblings. So let us reflect together, lifting up the victories, struggles, and the unique cultural heritage which so many of us have been fortunate to experience and have benefited from. It draws us even closer together as people of faith!
From September 15 through October 15, our e-news will feature stories to help us learn more about the amazing impact Latinx people and culture have made in our society and around the globe. Here is a bit of information about this celebration:
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.”- Library of Congress
Here are some resources that can help you find your own way to celebrate this month: