By Felipe Hinojosa
Felipe Hinojosa's mom and dad first encountered Mennonite households as migrant employees within the tomato fields of northwestern Ohio. What all started as mutual admiration fast advanced right into a dating that bolstered through the years and finally ended in his mom and dad founding a Mennonite Church in South Texas. all through his upbringing as a Mexican American evangélico, Hinojosa used to be confronted with questions not just approximately his personal faith but additionally approximately broader problems with Latino evangelicalism, id, and civil rights politics.
Latino Mennonites offers the 1st ancient research of the altering courting among faith and ethnicity between Latino Mennonites. Drawing seriously on basic resources in Spanish, equivalent to newspapers and oral heritage interviews, Hinojosa strains the increase of the Latino presence in the Mennonite Church from the origins of Mennonite missions in Latino groups in Chicago, South Texas, Puerto Rico, and big apple urban, to the conflicted courting among the Mennonite Church and the California farmworker hobbies, and eventually to the increase of Latino evangelical politics. He additionally analyzes how the politics of the Chicano, Puerto Rican, and black freedom struggles of the Sixties and Seventies civil rights hobbies captured the mind's eye of Mennonite leaders who belonged to a church identified extra for rural and peaceable agrarian existence than for social protest.
Whether when it comes to spiritual religion and identification, race, immigrant rights, or sexuality, the politics of belonging has traditionally awarded either demanding situations and chances for Latino evangelicals within the spiritual landscapes of twentieth-century the USA. In Latino Mennonites, Hinojosa has interwoven church historical past with social heritage to discover dimensions of identification in Latino Mennonite groups and to create a brand new mind set concerning the heritage of yank evangelicalism.