"Muchos or�genes, muchas historias...Un esp�ritu americano"                                 "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories...One American Spirit"
                                                                        Resource for Hispanic Heritage Month
                                                           Recursos para el mes de la herencia hispana

From September 15-October 15, we celebrate the rich heritage and cultural contributions of people of the United States who trace their roots to Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The celebration began as an official weeklong observance in 1968 and was expanded to one month in 1988. In this publication there are links to a number of Preaching and Worship Resources in Spanish or Portuguese to use as resources as you celebrate this month and beyond.
Why 15 to 15?
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 D�a de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. 


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Oraci�n de los trabajadores agr�colas de lucha / Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle
C�sar E. Ch�vez
One: Show me the suffering of the most miserable; 

All: So I will know my people's plight.  

One:Free me to pray for others;  

All:For you are present in every person.  

One:Help me take responsibility for my own life;  

All:So that I can be free at last.  

One:Grant me courage to serve others;  

All:For in service there is true life.

One:Give me honesty and patience;  

All:So that the Spirit will be alive among us.  

One:Let the Spirit flourish and grow;  

All:So that we will never tire of the struggle.  

One:Let us remember those who have died for justice;  

All:For they have given us life.  

One:Help us love even those who hate us;  

All:So we can change the world. Amen.


Written by C�sar E. Ch�vez, UFW Founder (1927-1993) 
Copyright C�sar E. Ch�vez Foundation



A Conversation About Identity
Read what journalists, scholars and civic leaders share their views on their own Latino identity.

The Pew Hispanic Center recently published "When Labels Don't Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity." The report was based on a new nationwide survey that found most Hispanics don't embrace the term "Hispanic." And even fewer prefer the term "Latino."


In the days following the release, hundreds of people offered their observations on social media, and scores of newspapers and websites published articles, commentaries and editorials. Some of our readers emailed us with their own opinions and stories.

It's a fascinating topic, and we'd like to continue the conversation. So we invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views.

Latin@ LGBT Agencies & Support Organizations
450 Years of Spanish Poetry in the U.S.

Listen to some of the best Spanish  Language Poetry of the past 450 years.


La m�sica de Am�rica Latina

Explore the rich and varied music offered to the world from the countries and peoples of Hispanic descent.  For Hispanic Heritage Month, Smithsonian Folkways offers free music and videos from Latin American and from Hispanic communities.


Music, Meaning, and Movimiento

Mexican mariachi music is made to move you. It is direct, driving, and designed to instill emotion. 


The New Song Movement in South America

The 1970 victory of the Popular Unity government led by Salvador Allende in Chile marked the rise of the first democratically elected socialist government in Latin America.


Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena

Shared Traditions - Distinct Rhythms

Bomba and plena are percussion-driven musical traditions from Puerto Rico that move people to dance. 




The Expanding Universe of M�sica Latina

Over forty-five million people of Hispanic descent make the United States their home. 



Latino Chicago

Music and Community

The Latino presence in Metropolitan Chicago offers us a distinctive window into Latino culture in the United States and the role music plays in creating communities. 



 M�sica Latina

Sounds of Latino USA

Latin America, including Latino communities in the United States, is one of the most diverse, dynamic musical regions of the world, marked both by longstanding traditions and by unceasing creativity. 



 A Midnight Serenade

Music from the Dominican Republic 

Merengue t�pico was, after all, the whole reason I was in Santiago to begin with. I had fallen in love with this fiery, accordion-based Caribbean music while living in Brooklyn, New York-the other hotbed of t�pico activity.  
Bendicion Al Cumplir Quince A�os


For hundreds of years young women in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina have celebrated their quincea�era - their 15th birthday - in grand tradition, beginning with a Catholic Mass and continuing on to a large and extravagant celebration. In some parts of the United States the tradition thrives, particularly among second- and third-generation Hispanic girls. Quincea�era parties are generally very lavish, with mariachi bands, a feast, and many guests celebrating the 15-year-old's transition into womanhood.


Read about the experiences of growing up as a Hispanic American girl. Here are some good books to try:


The House on Mango Street (1984). Sandra Cisneros' story of a Mexican American girl growing up in a Chicago barrio.


The Last of the Menu Girls (1986). Denise Chavez's collection of short interrelated stories about an adolescent girl in New Mexico.


How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991). Julia Alvarez's set of tales about four sisters from the Dominican Republic who move to New York City.


When I Was Puerto Rican (1993). Esmeralda Santiago's novel about a young girl's experiences growing up in Puerto Rico and then moving to New York.


Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera (1995). Norma Elia Cantu's stories of growing up in a border town in Southern Texas.

Resources for Educators
Study the contributions of Hispanic artists and writers, such as 
Pam Mu�oz Ryan  and Frida Kahlo. Learn more about holidays celebrations, such as the Mexican Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo and much more.

Latin@ Organizations and Associations


Unido@s The National Latin@ Lesibian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Organization

Unid@s: The National Latin@ Lesibian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Organization


La misi�n de Unid@s: La Organizaci�n de Derechos Humanos Latina Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) a crear avogac�a, educaci�n, y espaci�s multi-tematicos para nuestras comunidades. Guiad@s por principios de justicia econ�mica, feminismo, ambientalismo, y la paz, Unid@s se une a una lucha global para trasformar los sistemas y las politicas, para poder crear un el mundo justo y egalitario que sabemos es posible.


The mission of Unid@s, The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Organization is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education and convening of and for our communities. Guided by economic justice, feminist, environmental and pro-peace values, UNID@S joins a global effort to transform systems and policies to create the just and equitable World we know possible.
Sermones y Reflexiones (en Espa�ol)  /  Sermons and Reflections (in Spanish) 
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Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez,� Reflexiones del Obispo Rev. Hector Gutierrez (ICM) sobre C.T. BETHANIA - Urugauy 16.07.2012 


 Bendicionn de C.T.BETHANIA- Rev. Hector Gutierrez, Obispo de ICM/Uruguay 8.7.2012


Betel ICM, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil  Saturday 7pm Local 


 ICM: LA IGLESIA DE LOS DDHH - Mensaje Rev.Obispo Hector Gutierrez


ICM Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brasil : 


Rev.Obispo Hector Gutierrez: Afiliacion de ICM Argentina a la Fraternidad de ICM/15.07.12

A Word from
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez
(for translation, please see below).
A Word from  
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez Translated
I am Rev. Elder Hector

Gutierrez, MCC Elder 

and Associate Director

of the Office of Emerging Ministries specializing

in Church Development in Iberoamerica.


I wish you a happy Hispanic Heritage Month. I hope this resource will assist you in worship and programming 

as you celebrate the rich 

history and culture of Iberoamerica.


If you are interested 

in developing a Spanish 

language ministry in your 

church or plant a Spanish language congregation, 

please contact me at 




May God bless and keep you.



En este boletín / In this issue
Oración de los trabajadores agrícolas de lucha /...Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle
A Conversation About Identity / Una conversación acerca de la identidad
Latin@ LGBT de agencias y organizaciones de apoyo / Latin@ LGBT Agencies & Support Organizations
450 Years of Spanish Poetry / 450 Años de poesía Española
La música de América Latina / The Music of Latin America
Resources for Educators / Recursos para Educadores
Asociaciones y organizaciones latinas / Latino Organizations and Associations
Unido@s / United
Sermons and Reflections (in Spanish) / Sermones y Reflexiones (en Español)
A Message from Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez / Un mensaje del Reverendo Obispo Héctor Gutiérrez
Recursos de idioma español de ICM / MCC Spanish Language Resources
Recursos de culto /...Worship Resources
Our Stories / Nuestras historias
MCC Spanish
Language Resources
MCC Flame
ICM Homosexualidad 
y La Biblia





La sexualidad es un precioso regalo de Dios y al mismo hablar de la sexualidad es un tema complejo y variable. Se public�  recientemente  Interdicciones: Escrituras de la intersexualidad en castellano. Es un libro muy importante sobre la tema. Editado por Mauro Cabral,  Interdicciones  es  un libro de ensayos, entrevistas, otros escritos, y un recurso para un taller. El libro es gratis. 


 Recursos de culto / Worship Resources
Offering a repertoire of 800 + English, Spanish and bilingual hymns and songs, One Faith, Una Voz is the hymnal of choice for today's culturally diverse congregations..

�Alabadle! Hispanic Christian Worship 
by Justo L. Gonz�lez, editor. (Abingdon, 1996).
This book represents a wide variety of Hispanic Christian worship.

730 + songs, representing music from the Americas, the Caribbean and Spain, serve as the foundation for Flor y Canto.

El Aposento Alto™ es la gu�a devocional de mayor circulaci�n en el mundo. En cada p�gina usted encuentra un pasaje b�blico, un vers�culo b�blico, una meditaci�n relacionada con el pasaje b�blico, una oraci�n breve, un pensamiento para el d�a y una sugerencia para intercesi�n.
  El Aposento Alto is the devotional guide with the largest circulation in the world. On each page you will find a Bible passage, a biblical verse, a related biblical passage meditation, a short prayer, a thought for the day and a suggestion for intercession.



A La Familia: A Conversation About Our Families, the Bible, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,
Nuestras historias / Our Stories
Explore the timeline of the history and heritage of the Hispanic Culture by clicking here..

StoryCorps Historias is an initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the United States. Sharing these stories celebrates our history, honors our heritage, and captures the true spirit of our community. It will also ensure that the voices of Latinos will be preserved and remembered for generations to come. 

When Worlds Collide
A collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities and PBS, this film traces the origins of today's Latin culture and documents the collision between the Old World and the New World. A 90 minute visually stunning and  enthralling  video.