Anthology 2013: A Spanish Lullaby Part II

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Now is a good time for a Spanish Lullaby of comfort.  Reading the books about Latinos and the words of the many Latino Authors will reveal that we share as many things in common as what makes us all different and unique. Whether realized at Plymouth Rock, or delayed reality of the Emancipation Proclamation, to our present debate over Immigration Reform; the words of Emma Lazarus upon the Statue of Liberty ring true.“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”      

It is amazing to hear the echoes of Christ’s words spoken in scripture in the aforementioned universal proclamation:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 The Message (MSG)

Anthology is defined as: a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music. Jesus was most eloquent and effective by His art of telling a story through the use of Parables. The soliloquy of His stories produced the foundation of the Christian faith.

There is a collection of stories embedded in the soliloquy of the master’s story i.e. history. It is this that makes multi ethnic interactive experiences so relevant in a mixed world. Culture is the “Anthology” or many expressions displayed in some of its general aspects of “time, sharing and practice”. Time is the multi generational aspect of culture. Sharing denotes language that is the carrier or communicator throughout the progression of these generations and Practice is what people do with this information in diverse aspects of completion.

The Spanish Lullaby is simply a song of comfort that is meant to rock an infant to sleep, or for “sweet dreams” (canción de los sueños de dulzura). It can be seen as a calming measure. May is the month that is nationally designated as Latino Books Month. By raising awareness of these various important Latino literary pieces of American culture; we seek to use education and inspiration to bring some sense of calm i.e. (a Spanish Lullaby). By quieting the rhetoric centered around the massive ethnic change, through dialog we can build Bridges between those who are part of it, effected by it, including those who embrace it and those who are afraid of it.

Quoted from this weeks recommended book “4182RPmpUpL__SL500_AA300_The Politics of Latino Faith: Religion, Identity, and Urban Community by Catherine E. Wilson According to a 2007 survey jointly conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Center on Hispanic studies, 68 percent of Latinos surveyed consider religion very important in their lives. In addition 66 percent of Latinos surveyed deem religion to be very or somewhat important to their Political thinking”.

A large impression to be received from this book is that Latinos have a deep sense of purpose that is very much based on the reality of faith and the Christian tradition. As we peer though the windows of this Anthology of books, we discover the motivating belief systems and cultural world views are substantiated by those systems of beliefs.

Many in our country and in particular those of the dominant culture don’t understand that an ethnic group’s manifestation of the Christian tradition is not automatically invalidated by that culture’s prevailing contextual interpretations of this tradition. For example, in regards to immigration policy the statement  such as “We are a Nation of Laws” can be seen as ambiguous to hypocritical to some. In this atmosphere, the ill-advised cries of  “we want our country” etc. becomes more of a distant, isolated to antiquated search for relevance in a demographically changing nation and world. 

Building the Bridge Together over the ethnic cultural divide to a new kind of unity, of equality and not of arrogance, can move us toward the ultimate goal of Synergy.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

 
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  1. […] many of these Latino literary pieces recommended this month, is the presence and impact of spirituality upon the lives of Latinos. this is expounded upon in a quote of this book on page […]



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