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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 brings a month long celebration of people in the United States who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Worship and other events provide settings for Hispanic/Latino United Methodists to celebrate their heritage and cultures and for others to learn more about them.

Worship resources suggested by the General Board of Discipleship are listed at The website includes the history of some of the songs in the collections. Among the resources are:

Mil Voces Para Celebrar, a complete hymnal and worship book, contains liturgy, services, resources, indexes, hymns and songs in Spanish, including some Spanish translations of well-known English-language hymns, modern-day Spanish-language hymns in a variety of styles, as well as contemporary praise and worship choruses known as coritos.

"Pues Si Vivimos" ("When We Are Living"), The United Methodist Hymnal, 356.

"Amarte sólo a ti Señor" ("To Love Only You, O Lord".

"Cuando El Pobre" ("When the Poor Ones"), The United Methodist Hymnal, 434.

"Padre Nuestro/The Lord's Prayer," Worship & Song, 3069, and Upper Room Worshipbook, 456.

Here are some other ways to learn more or launch new ministries with Hispanic/Latino neighbors:

If you speak Spanish — or even if you do not — sign up to teach English Language Learners, formerly called English as a Second Language, classes at a church, community center or school.

Invite someone to tell the congregation or a Sunday school class about famous Hispanic Americans or well-known Hispanic United Methodists. The website of MARCHA (United Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans),, is a great place to start.

Organize an outing to an area Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Learn about the culture, sample traditional foods and meet your neighbors.

Barbara Dunlap-Berg, associate editor, Interpreter, and general church content editor, United Methodist Communications.