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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States - Gaston Espinosa

Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

By: Gaston Espinosa (Editor), Virgilio Elizondo (Editor), Jesse Miranda (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780195162288
Number Of Pages: 350

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One of two book projects to come out of the Hispanic Churches in America Public Life project (HCAPL), this project seeks to examine the impact of religion on political and civic engagement in the Latino community. This volume presents sixteen new essays addressing important issues, personalities, and movements in Latino religions in America. The authors' purpose is to overthrow the longstanding stereotype that Latinos are politically passive and that their churches have supported the status quo, failing to engage in or support the struggle for civil rights and social justice. Individual essays explore such varied topics as "The Mysticism and Social Action of Cesar Chavez," "The Challenges of Being Latina, Catholic, and Feminist," "Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizing," and "The Mexican American Cultural Center and the Politics of Cultural Empowerment."

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"This book is a must read for anyone interested in the relationship between Latino religions and the struggle for justice in U.S. society. College, university and seminary professors and students as well as community activists, pastors and lay leaders will find this text useful in deepening their understanding of the role of faith in sustained political action." --James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor of Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York "Finally! A collection of timely, high-quality, variegated, and very readable essays that examine the impact of U.S. Latino/a religions on social and political participation over the past 150 years. A must-read that is predestined to become a classic in its field." --Otto Maduro, Professor of World Christianity and Latin American Christianity, Drew University "I warmly recommend this book as an original scholarly examination of the pervasive influence of religion--personal, institutional, and cultural--on the political and civic actions of Hispanics in the U.S." --David Leege, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Notre Dame "This excellent book provides the most comprehensive portrait to date of U.S. Latino religions and politics. It challenges previous stereotypes, advances our understanding of the connection between religion and civic activism, and maps out this diverse community and its changing styles of political and civic engagement. Highly recommended!" --Wade Clark Roof, Director, Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: U.S. Latino Religions and Faith-Based Political, Civic, and Social Actionp. 3
Historical Struggles
Conquest, Faith, and Resistance in the Southwestp. 19
The Mysticism and Social Action of Cesar Chavezp. 35
Cesar Chavez and Mexican American Civil Religionp. 53
"In the Outer Boundaries": Pentecostalism, Politics, and Reies Lopez Tijerina's Civic Activismp. 65
Padres: Latino Community Priests and Social Actionp. 77
The Challenges and Consequences of being Latina, Catholic, and Politicalp. 97
Spiritual Affirmation and Empowerment: The Mexican American Cultural Centerp. 111
Ya Basta! Latino/a Protestant Activism in the Chicano/a and Farm Workers Movementsp. 127
Fe y Accion Social: Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizingp. 145
"Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses": Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981-2001p. 159
Contemporary Struggles
Public Lives in American Hispanic Churches: Expanding the Paradigmp. 177
"The Ladies Are Warriors": Latina Pentecostalism and Faith-Based Activism in New York Cityp. 197
Chains of Liberation: Poverty and Social Action in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of Godp. 219
"The Lord Requires Justice": Lessons on Leadership from the African American Church for Mexican American Catholicsp. 233
Pray for Elian: Religion and Politics in Miamip. 249
Intifada: Church-State Conflict in Vieques, Puerto Ricop. 263
Latino Clergy and Churches in Faith-Based Political and Social Action in the United Statesp. 279
Conclusion: Assessing and Interpreting 150 Years of Latino Faith-Based Civic Activismp. 307
Chronologyp. 315
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780195162288
ISBN-10: 0195162285
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.36  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.52