A Latino Moment

Back from an extended summer break...there will be more on this endless summer coming soon, for now, looks like the U.S. Catholic Church has finally recognized the "Latino Moment." Not sure what this means but here is the article for your perusal.Coming soon....a quick checklist on why the summer of 2014 may be one of the worst on recordIn two weeks, a couple of posts on the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the death of Pentecostal pioneer, Sister Aimee McPherson.Glad to be … [Read more...]

Re-Scripting Pentecostal Saints: Curious Life of Mother Rosa Horn

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This is one in another of my summer series on Pentecostal women, I am off for vacation till August, but in August, I hope to dedicate the next several installments commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Foursquare founder, Sister Aimee Semple McPherson.One of the more intriguing stories I've included in my long-suffering attempt to finish my book on Pentecostalism in America is the one about Mother Rosa Horn. Horn founded  her own denomination, the Pentecostal Faith Church, … [Read more...]

The (Un) Equally Yoked Marriage/Divorce of Rev. Maria W. Atkinson

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Another installment of my look at Pentecostal women looks at a Church of God missionary named Maria W. Atkinson, who, like several other better known Pentecostal women, was a widowed and divorced woman during the 1920s and 30s when such things were unheard of. It makes you wonder how certain women were able to find that elusive "wiggle" room to get out of marriages that stifled their careers?Maria Atkinson was born into a Catholic upper-middle class family in Sonora, Mexico, in 1877. The … [Read more...]

The Confessions of Joyce Meyer

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The Confessions of Joyce MeyerSo in order to finish this long awaited book, I have immersed myself in the study of Joyce Meyer, I like to call it the Method Acting version of history--reading her words, watching her on t.v., trying to imagine myself as her devotee or, as Meyer herself to see what it is about her that people, particularly evangelical/Pentecostal women find so enticing about her ministry?Meyer, if you don’t know, has quite a testimony. As a young girl, she was subjected to … [Read more...]

Nothing New Under The (Pew) Sun

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A Few (Not So New) Things About the Pew Study: (and its a good study btw, its just not particularly new to us) here it is for your perusal:http://www.pewforum.org/2014/05/07/the-shifting-religious-identity-of-latinos-in-the-united-states/ 1. Latinos/as have been raised in and/or converting to various branches of Protestantism for over a hundred years, and that includes Pentecostalism.2.  One cannot examine the conversion efforts of Protestants towards Latinos/as without c … [Read more...]

Happy No. 5 Patheos

In the midst of grading, writing & prepping for more summer teaching, a quick saludos to the folks at Patheos, whom I have had the pleasure of helping out since they first started! #Patheos5yoI remember writing much of the material that forms the basis of their "Pentecostalism" section & now as a (semi) regular blogger on their Progressive Christian channel, I don't know of another forum that captures the essence of (irr)religious/spiritual life like Patheos. Truly a pleasure to … [Read more...]

Happy Good Friday!

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It is that time of the semester when I will be doing very little blogging, in fact for the next few weeks, I think I will focus on poetry, because there is not enough poetry in our lives...today's sample is from Mary Oliver, one of my favorites.... and it reminds me of today, Good Friday--when altars are traditionally dressed in black...and I understand, like the line below, that this was a present.“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that t … [Read more...]


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