Since 1968, each year, the contributions of Hispanic or Latinx Americans have been recognized. Initially, the celebration lasted for only a week, but in 1988, it was extended to a month and became what is now National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th. Why does it begin in the middle of the month? It is because September 15th coincides with the days on which independence is celebrated in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Close to that date are Mexico, Chile, and Belize, which celebrate it on September 16th, 18th, and 21st, respectively. The theme for this year is “Communidad. Together We Progress. Together We Shine.” To see the proclamation issued by Gov. Northam to commemorate this month, click here.
Again, this week, weather permitting, we will have an 11 a.m. service in the Gathering Area on Sunday. Please remember that if you want to attend the in-person service, you will need to register. Masking and physical distancing are required. And if you would like to volunteer to help with our worship services or anything else that we do here at CVUU, please send an email to Susie Gullixson at email@example.com letting her know how you would like to help.
This Sunday at each of the services we will talk a little bit about the survey the Social Justice Committee sent to everyone. We know that doing good works is an important aspect of most religious traditions, and it is no different for Unitarian Universalists. We live out our faith through the commitment we have in working to bring about justice in the world. Something we should all ask ourselves is, what kind of justice work speaks to our hearts?
Many of you may have heard, or heard of, the song “Guantanamera.” It is a Cuban folk song that was written in 1929, but it evolved into a protest song that has been sung by activists in Latin America and the United States. It was also one of the more popular songs sung by the Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz (1925-2003), who was known as the Queen of Salsa. Here it is for you. https://youtu.be/W777MIR8-ko
In peace and love,
Rev. Viola Abbitt (She/Her/Hers)
Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
809 South Military Highway
Virginia Beach, VA 23464