Sacred Storytelling: Nuestra Historia es un Huracán

Creating Change 2018

Abstract: The Migration Policy Institute, says that of the 43 million immigrants in the US, 11 million are undocumented (1.9 million were eligible for DACA in 2016).  It is approximated that the deaths at Pulse Nightclub included 93% Latinx people, of which 97% were Puerto Rican. According to NPR, as of 10/5 only 10% of PR had electricity following Hurricane Maria (9/20).  These numbers suggest that many Latinx people and their wider communities are unsure of what happens next. 

Many of us have been attempting to hold our emotions and pains at bay as we continue doing the work of building movements, including getting our loved ones to safety. We who are a connected people, social justice advocators, organizers and creators… some of us have not had an opportunity to grieve or give creative voice to our own pains. Others of us are struggling with the placement of our individual sense of injustice as we continue to do the work… these unhealthy practices are not beneficial to movement building. 

As we gear up for the aftermath of Maria many of us are preparing for a mass exodus of migrants from PR. These US Citizens will arrive, in many ways, similar to immigrants from Latin America (with limited economic resources, in need of mental health care, and some with only the clothes on their backs).  The questions that are most often heard at times like this are: “Is there a god?” “Where was God?” “Where was god?”

How might we care for ourselves as we prepare for the next new influx of need within our community?

This workshop is a BOLD SPACE where we share stories from our narratives of pain. And, together share resources and best practices. We will offer a list of resources that we have found to be useful.


  • Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, United Church of Christ

An engaged encounter of grace and welcome as it relates to the intersection of Sexual Orientation, Race & Ethnicity (Latinx), Language and how our Religious understanding informs this, individual pastors on our Leadership Team offer themselves as resources to those in need.

  • Collectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries

A coalition of UCC local, regional, and national Latinx people, churches, organizations, and their allies/accomplices who gather to strengthen the Latinx voice in the wider church.

  • “A La Familia” Human Rights Campaign (

This guide, co-created with the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and Unid@s, is designed to help Latinos integrate religion and family values into their understanding of sexuality and gender identities. Accompanying this guide is a full training program. Contact familia@hrc.orgfor more information.

  • NYC

We believe that nothing should stand between you and God – certainly not sexual and gender identity.



is an online effort to communicate to LGBT youth that life gets better, through user-created videos.

is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. The website also includes resources for parents and educators.

  • LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
  • PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
  • Local & Regional LGBTQ Centers (every major metropolitan area has their own)
Categories: Reflexiones

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