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Yemoja

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 … [Read more...]

“Saving” Guatemala, Rios Montt & the Silence of Complicity

Probably because I am naturally a cynic, I was not surprised by the overturning of José Efraín Rios Montt's conviction for genocide last week. I am even less surprised that those Pentecostals, prominent celebrity preachers among others said nothing about this sad human rights tragedy.  There seems to be such selective memory among certain sectors of American Pentecostalism, that they never have to apologize or say they were wrong--even if  they're wrong alot--about alot--and they just keep … [Read more...]

Corazón Sagrado meets El Espíritu Santo

Santo Niño Prayer Chapel

On my way back from my one-year stint at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, I stopped by El Santuario de Chimayo--the most famous healing shrine in the U.S. http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/ Visiting a healing shrine was the last item on my agenda, since I had been talking about healing for weeks at Perkins. The idea that healing is part of the Christian tradition across most denominations, the selective nature of healing--and how healing itself is culturally bound by what we are taught … [Read more...]

The Changing Face of Latino/a Evangélicos

Felipe Hinojosa

Welcoming a new voice in the study of Latino/a Religion--South Texas' own Felipe Hinojosa is a Tejano and a Mennonite, and a fabulous conversation partner on all things from academia, politics & Latino/a history...He is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He has a forthcoming article titled “¡Medicina Si, Muerte No!: Race, Public Health, and the ‘Long War on Poverty’ in Mathis, Texas, 1948-1971” to be published in the Winter 2013 issue of the Western … [Read more...]

So, yeah I’m Waiting For A Latino Pope

Like most scholars involved in the study of Latino/a religion, I have been asked about the ongoing papal conclave and who I would like to see come out on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. "What is the new Pope going to do about the growth of Latino/a pentecostals and evangelicals in the Americas? What do you think he ought to do? Do you think a Latino Pope will stem the tide away from the Church?" I waited a bit and offered an answer that I am sure he was not ready to hear. 'I think a Latino … [Read more...]

Memories of San Antonio

Memories of San Antonio

Occasionally, I want to open this space up to fellow travelers/colleagues/friends/brethren--and in this case, una hermana, a Tejana whose roots in the Pentecostal movement makes her voice unique and necessary--Erica Ramirez is a Ph.D student at Drew University, is quite an accomplished singer, and as I hope you'll agree--one of the future stars in our constellation of Latina/o religion scholars... Bienvenidos Erica Iam a third generation Pentecostal woman, a Latina born in San Antonio.  … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Occupation pt 2

Arlene M. Sánchez Walsh

I had lunch with my mentor last week. Vicki L. Ruiz is a pioneering Chicana historian who has been my mentor/friend for nearly 20 years. She made grad school possible for me. She has offered me encouragement and has been my “oracle” as I’ve traveled these turbulent academic fields.  This past fall, she became the first Latina historian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, (she was inducted by Daniel Day-Lewis, not bad for a Chicana from Florida).  I could go on … [Read more...]