Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when all United Methodists in the United States can celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of their Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to their communities and congregations. During the Sept. 15-Oct. 15 observance, many Hispanic/Latino people are remembering their traditions and celebrating their families’ countries of origin and their independences. It offers an opportunity for all church members to better understand their community and the families in it as the population becomes increasingly diverse. Today, 15% of the U.S. population is of Hispanic heritage, but less than one per cent of United Methodist church members are Hispanic.

UMCOM gives five ideas for how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in congregations that are predominantly Anglo, African American or another culture that is not Hispanic/Latino:

  1. Invite a Hispanic/Latino guest speaker;
  2. Diverse dishes potluck;
  3. Raise funds for a local organization focused on Hispanic/Latino people;
  4. Visit a cultural center; and
  5. Movie Night

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