We are woven from the same fabric!
Let’s join together in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15. In this issue, you will find articles by Rev. Claudia Olmos, Rev. Yuris Vasquez, and Milagros Pinal (2nd-year student). Each of their stories provides a glimpse of the richness and diversity of their unique cultures as Latinx- Americans. The U.S. government established special emphasis programs to recognize and appreciate the diverse cultures with the intention to help us understand that our differences are what unite us as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.” The more we learn about and understand each other’s backgrounds and experiences, the more opportunities we have to be united. That speaks volumes for “unity.” Those who know me personally know that I hear music all the time. Give me a word, and I can usually think of a song that directly relates to it. When it comes to diversity, I immediately think of “Weave,” #212 in Unity’s Wings of Song hymnal. I believe it speaks volumes for the common heritage we all share. When we put special emphasis on one culture, we are also celebrating our own. As Unity’s first principle states that there is One Presence and One Power active in my life and in the Universe—God, the good. And, as the U.S. pledge of allegiance speaks, “One nation, under God, indivisible,” we can’t help but see how carefully we are all woven together in One Mind and One Spirit. This idea compels us to see the beauty in the intricate weaving together of our different shapes, sizes, colors, and experiences. So, let the words of this song remind you of who we are and what we are called to be our Oneness.
The colorful sunburst quilt pictured in the newsletter is a family heirloom that was handstitched by Rev. Sandra’s aunt.
Chorus: Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us
together in unity and love. Weave, weave, weave us
together. Weave us together, together in love.
We are many textures, we are many colors
Each one different from the other
But we are entwined with one another
In one great tapestry.
We are different instruments
Playing our own melodies
Each one tuning to a different key
But we are all playing in harmony
In one great symphony.
A moment ago, still we did not know
Our unity, only diversity
Now the Christ in me greets the Christ in thee
In one great family.