Merry Christmas! (Culture) War is Over If You Want It.

Every year around Christmas I make my plea for folks from all spiritual walks to give up on the culture wars.A great way to start is this week's remarkable breakthrough with Cuba. It seems that Pope Francis is not content with upsetting the Cold Warriors in the Church. I can hardly wait to lead a Study Abroad to study the diversity of Cuba's religious communities!  If the U.S. can turn the corner on 5o futile years of failed foreign policy and if we are counting, over 100 years of colonial … [Read more...]

The Obsession with What Latinos Will Do This Election

This semester is brutal, but not so brutal, that I will be posting much more often over the next few weeks about the media's near obsessive concern with how Latinos will vote, if they will sit out the mid-terms, etc.Basically what the media wants to know "how pissed off are we?" that  Obama promised for 2 election cycles, to do something about immigration reform--and so far has done next to nothing.This story is typical, not of voting per se, but of much of the religion media, many of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Pilgrimage for Ricardo works…for now

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On Monday January 13th, there was a peregrinación for Ricardo Ramos in Cleveland, Ohio.  This pilgrimage ended at St. Casimir church where the pilgrims were going to pray to Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Polish Madonna) to intervene on Ricardo's behalf.   Combining Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Polish Madonna is part of what occurs in these ethnic parishes that have been in the process of changing hands from the European immigration of the last century, to the immigration of the global South tod … [Read more...]

Libros Libros Libros

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I don’t have a lot of time to read during the school year, and when I do read or buy books, I try to focus on things that will be professionally helpful as well as enlightening—so this list is heavy on academic books---next time I’ll post on films, popular books, and t.v. that I think was worth watching this year.Broadly speaking, my field is Latino/a Religious history—to do this well, I read lots of works in the field of Latino/a studies—not only because it informs my work, but it also infor … [Read more...]

Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

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This Halloween season reminds me of how busy the next few months will be with work and family stuff. Today Nov1st--All Saints Day is followed by All Souls Day and it's a tradition in some Mexican households to honor the dead with an altar. Since I have a Mexican/Irish/Japanese family--we made an altar--seen below. We chose celebrities because we live in the US--where everything is entertainment--and because we didn't want to lay the heaviness of a maudlin message on our kiddies so soon after … [Read more...]


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