Raquel V. Reyes

Raquel V. Reyes is a member of the UU Congregation of Miami, where she's a past worship chair, and a co-organizer of Biscayne Unitarian Church (2012-2014). Her poetry and fiction often focus on identity and place. "Representation matters" is a chorus she chants. Raquel's quince writings are in honor of her Cuban heritage, her husband's Puerto Rican-Dominican heritage and the teenagers in her congregation -- many of whom, like her own teen, are gender non-conforming. Raquel wanted to give their generation new words to modernize a cultural tradition that is important to Latinx heritage.

From Raquel V. Reyes

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You do not have to wear the dress. You do not have to have a party. You do not have to dance the waltz con tu papa. You do not have to accept the gift of your last doll. You can break those traditions. You have right of passage into adulthood simply for being you. We are thankful that you...

Blessing | By Raquel V. Reyes | July 16, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Acceptance, Change, Children, Coming-of-Age, Community, Family, Identity, Integrity, International, Quinceañera, Transformation, Youth/Teens

Welcome. Bienvenidos. Today we celebrate in community an important rite of passage for a Latina(x) child. We are honored and grateful to share in their dance from childhood into adulthood. ¡Feliz Quinceañera!

Opening | By Raquel V. Reyes | July 16, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Quinceañera, Transformation, Young Adults

Luz del sol to warm your days. Luz de luna to illuminate your nights. Luz de estrella to steer you through rough oceans. Luz de vela to celebrate your fifteenth year. Esta luz, this chalice is lit for you this day, That it and this community may be a source of light to guide you into adulthood.

Chalice Lighting | By Raquel V. Reyes | July 12, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Coming-of-Age, International, Quinceañera, Unitarian Universalism, Young Adults

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