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 with the … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Occupation

Arlene M. Sánchez Walsh

Well that went fast! Conference season is over for me. I attend two with regularity, and I try to present at one of the them if I have any new material I am working on--for me, conferences are similar to when comedians take their new material to smaller clubs, trying it out on audiences first, refining, editing, working on timing, all before the next HBO special, or sitcom pilot. This is the fun part of a conference, the working out of material, the endless streams of conversations--what are you … [Read more...]

Be Here Now

Arlene M. Sánchez Walsh

Customary Top 10 lists--wishes for peace, resolutions, funny, sobering, irreverent, I admit to liking them--I have little time to read them, but I like them nevertheless. I am also working on an academic deadline, which, aside from a busy life being professor mom, means that I especially love those top 10 lists and resolutions that call for people to "slow" down their lives.  Never mind...here's the Top Ten things I'd like to see my evangelical/Pentecostal brethren do more often in 2013.10. … [Read more...]

Cenizas A Cenizas (Ashes to Ashes

Jesús wanted to be cremated and have his ashes mixed with some weed.  I found that to be a funny line from an otherwise sad and poignant story I read yesterday from the Los Angeles Times, and writer Thomas Curwen’s deft storytelling of a Latino Pentecostal family living in a garage in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles. Here is the link to the story and the photo essay, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jesus-20121223,0,4762028.storyReading the story of a terminally ill young man, … [Read more...]

For You My Mijos/as (sons/daughters)

 For me, there is an inevitable place where my mind goes when forced to think about the evil that visited the innocent in Sandy Hook. I saw my first gun shot victim die on the streets of East Los Angeles when I was around 10 years old. It was a Friday, school let out and there was a scuffle on Cesar Chavez Ave, (formerly Brooklyn Ave), the fight bled out into the middle of the street and the familiar muffled sounds of pop-pop meant that the crowds would start rushing towards where he fell. I … [Read more...]

Hola y Bienvenidos!

La Biblia

By way of introduction, let me just say that aside from writing about Latino/a Pentecostalism, I often write as an interloper stuck in the middle of an interesting theological/cultural conversation: traditionalists who just want to let the Bible be the Bible, moderates who kind of like the conversation but often fear the ramifications of where that conversation ends, and outliers, who've left their iglesias behind, as they tell me, because they were not or did not feel invited back once they … [Read more...]