From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate the heritage, culture and contribution of the Hispanic community. 

This celebration started on September 15, mainly because of the anniversary of independence for most Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico obtained its independence on September 16 while Chile achieved independence on September 18.

This celebration continues into October to commemorate “El Día de la Raza,” or “The day of the Race,” on October 12. This day is celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin America. The day recognizes all the different cultures, traditions and languages that are interwoven in the history of Mexico, Central America and South America. These races include Native Americans, such as the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas; and European nationalities, such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

We take this time to celebrate this month with our Hispanic brothers and sisters, their rich history and culture that has shaped our city and neighborhood, recognizing first and foremost that we have a God who is uniting in Christ a people from every tribe and nation. He is gathering us under Christ: a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church.

So, when we celebrate together this month, (and carry the celebration into the rest of the year) we are letting the world around us know that God is powerful enough to make many different cultures be united under the gospel of reconciliation.

As a church we prioritize Cross cultural community that increasingly reflects the rich diversity of our neighborhood, one that intentionally and sacrificially gathers an ethnicially mixed group of people into mutually dependent, caring and messy relationships – within the body of the Christ, we invite you to listen, love as Jesus loves us, to learn and to celebrate Hispanic heritage Month.  

Below are some suggestions on how to do that. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to share:

See a movie at the Brentwood Arts Exchange or the Gala Hispanic Theater.
Go see an exhibit on Frida Kahlo, Jose Limon, Dolores Huerta or Cesar Chavez at the Portrait Gallery.  
Check out the  Nuestra Ciudad Festival at the Portrait Gallery.