That holy revolution that Christ has brought about: the revolution of the beatitudes, the revolution of love, the revolution of renewal, the revolution of peace built upon true justice.
—St. Oscar Romero, 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B), 1979
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. We celebrate our Latine, Latinx, Latina y Latino members and friends. We embrace the cultures that thrive in Seattle and throughout the hemisphere.
The Church has so much to celebrate. Last Sunday the youth group learned about Gustavo Gutiérrez, out of the Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints book. As many of us learned this summer in Liberation Academy, Guitiérrez is a formative voice in liberation theology. Another theologian we celebrate is Ada María Isasi-Díaz, who gave voice to Mujerista theology, a liberative praxis for and by Latina women.
There are heroes of the faith like Archbishop Oscar Romero, killed by CIA-supported death squads in El Salvador while leading mass. There is the work of Cesar Chavez, inspired by his faith to lead hunger strikes on behalf of migrant workers, breaking his fast by receiving communion.
There is also work to do. We continue as a congregation and through our connections to the wider church to seek immigration reform, and an end to family separation at the border. As we look to decolonize our own practices, we are inspired by the words from Pope Francis, saying the Church needed to ask for forgiveness for the “abuses” and “most shameful atrocities” committed against indigenous peoples during the colonization of the Americas.
We encourage the whole community of UCUCC to find ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Try new foods, listen to new music, dance new dances. And in our faith, let’s explore Latine theologians. Let’s learn from the wisdom of mujeristas and martyrs. Let us be part of the revolution that Christ has brought!
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