Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us this month in taking some Next Steps to engage and learn during National Hispanic Heritage Month.


Dear Lord:  We thank You for our wondrous diversity, for our cultures, traditions and languages, for all the ways we celebrate our humanity and praise Your divinity. We value all peoples, and in this time, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. May we remember in our churches the leaders, teachers, and theologians that have been part of our Christian faith tradition. Please help us continue to be a place with open doors, open hearts, making room for all. Please give us generous hearts that we may continue to use our gifts to support one another. Amen.


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The term Hispanic or Latino (or the more recent term Latinx) refers to a person’s culture or origin—regardless of race. On the 2020 Census form, people were counted as Hispanic or Latino or Spanish if they could identify as having Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”


The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

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 Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Listen - Gladys Phillips, E91 Family 

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?

The Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) provides an opportunity to celebrate the family traditions of our heritage and roots. Celebrating our traditions and roots serves to reminisce and make known the ethnic diversity of the Hispanic nationalities. Among these traditions, we experience differences and similarities in food, music, art, and so on. Great opportunity to learn from one another and to share with non-Hispanic folks.


How do you celebrate/honor Hispanic Heritage Month?

Having being born and raised in Chile, I personally celebrate the HHM by getting together with my Chilean friends and sharing the variety of traditional food, drinks, and music, and sharing the traditions within our own families.


How do you connect Hispanic Heritage Month to your spiritual life?

Unfortunately, my individual experience was devoid of any spiritual connections. Other than celebrating life ceremonies based on religious traditions surrounding birth, marriage and end of life, these celebrations had little spiritual impact on my upbringing. However, individuals from other Hispanic countries may have a totally different understanding.


What do you want your brothers and sisters within the church to know and/or do about  Hispanic Heritage Month?

I would like my brothers and sisters in Christ to learn about the variety of cultural similarities and differences among the Hispanic population, especially surrounding typical cuisine from each country. For example, the first time I tasted tacos, it was here in Indiana! :)

~~Gladys Phillips


Make a difference in our community by joining us to supply books that reflect the faces, impact and history of Hispanic Heritage Month for Mary Castle Elementary.


Listen to some helpful voices concerning Hispanic Heritage Month via the videos below.