Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical by Felipe Hinojosa

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.

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It was an effort that reflected the broader trends of Chicano activism that emerged in churches in the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout much of the history of Latinos in the United States, the space 9 10 T latino mennonites U and geographic placement of the church has provided room for cultural expression, social interaction, and political engagement. 32 Rethinking the history of evangelicalism can also open new possibilities for understanding the history of race, gender, and social movements in religious and multiethnic contexts.

Hershey read from the Gospel of John and preach a sermon on “new life” in Christ. Located about 75 miles south of San Antonio along Highway 181, Pettus was the first of three towns where Mennonite missionaries focused their efforts. The next two, Tuleta and Normanna, were already home to some Mennonite churches attended by people who had moved to the area in the early twentieth century. 22 T building up the temple U On a typical Sunday, Hershey organized two evangelical services at which he preached to small groups of Mexican Americans.

Luther’s theses were not without context. Throughout the medieval period, church leaders supported an ecclesiastical reform that resembled the pre-Constantinian Jesus movement. But it was not until Luther posted his theses that real institutional change occurred in the church on a broad scale. Luther’s theses challenged church hierarchy and became associated with protest, which led to the reformers being called Protestants. Although the Protestants challenged many aspects of church corruption during this period, there were some who felt that Luther and other reformers did not go far enough.

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