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BY REV. ALYSSA ALDAPE

March 4, 2019
Krewe de Mayahuel in New Orleans
Mexican-Americans and others from the Latinx community in New Orleans form a krewe celebrating diversity, immigration, and joy in the face of adversity. - via NPR
David, dressed in a linen priestly vest, danced with all his strength before the Lord. This is how David and the entire house of Israel brought up the Lord’s chest with shouts and trumpet blasts. - 2 Samuel 6:14-22
Reconstruction post Hurricane Katrina brought a wave of Latinx laborers and, with them, a new thread of the culturally diverse tapestry that is New Orleans. This reminds us that immigration is not a problem to be stopped, but a gift to receive and celebrate.  

Amidst anti-immigration rhetoric and racist policies coming from the current administration, the people of New Orleans have found ways to celebrate and face off hatred by celebrating the goodness diversity brings. The symbolism of celebrating diversity in the days before the penitential season of Lent is not lost on me. The Krewe de Mayahuel dances in the face of racism, inviting us to dance as well.

Growing up in Hispanic Baptist Churches, we would sing a song called Danzo Como David. In English it translates to “when the Spirit of the Lord falls on my heart, I will dance like David danced!” - which I found a bit ironic considering we were not a dancing people. But there’s an important message for people of faith - to dance as resistance and worship.

God calls us to holy movement: will we respond with dancing? Can you ignore the rhythm of a good Latin beat? I’d venture to say you’d at least tap your foot.
God is inviting us to the fiesta of resistance and inclusion. Will you accept the invitation? Learn about the immigrant community in your city. What brought them there and how can you advocate for your new neighbors?
God of movement and love, move to holy dancing. Open our hearts to your children. May we dance like fools knowing that Divine love is what draws the circle bigger. Amen.
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