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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Hunting For Heresy at Regent University…& Hobby Lobby & World Vision (Pt 3)

Keep Calm and Decolonize

About a month ago I gave a plenary address at Regent. The conference was well planned, the discussions were stimulating and I left with a renewed sense of my work as an academic.  The conference, on Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Pentecostalism, was a first of its kind. As someone who has spent a couple of decades studying the latter, it was heartening that such a conference finally occurred. That it occurred at Regent, I will be honest, was a bit of a surprise, since evangelical colleges are … [Read more...]

The Death of the Religious Right?

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Back after a long holiday break.... Beginning a  several-part series on why all of the proclamations about the death of the Religious Right are mostly wishful thinking.... Not that I don't wish it was true--the Religious Right's contributions to Christianity start and end at fear... But that is not the issue, the issue is the earnest desire of many progressives for that movement to go away since its followers and the politicians it supports are despised in some of my circles (academia … [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 … [Read more...]

35 And Counting – Latino/ Pentecostalism’s Stunning Silence on Gun Violence

Daniel Diaz

Daniel Diaz, a 33 year-old youth pastor was killed a few days ago. Here is the story, he is one of 35 murder victims in the San Gabriel Valley city of Pomona this year. These suburbs are not the gated planned communities you may be familiar with or the sleepy burb I live in -- Pomona is a troubled burb. It is also majority Latino/a and African American in its demographic. Since the beginning of the year, the city has been plagued by a constant stream of killings -- most of them gun-related -- … [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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