Latino Churches: Faith, Family, and Ethnicity in the Second Generation

Latino Churches: Faith, Family, and Ethnicity in the Second Generation

Latino Churches: Faith, Family, and Ethnicity in the Second Generation

Latino Churches: Faith, Family, and Ethnicity in the Second Generation

Synopsis

Crane (affiliation not cited) presents the results of an ethnographic study on the social and religious experiences of second-generation Latino youth within their faith communities. In-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted with members of three Latino congregations (Catholic, Adventist, and Assembly of God) in Michigan and Indiana. Broader societal and regional trends shaping the emergence of Latino religious congregations also are discussed. Crane holds a Ph. D. in sociology from Michigan State University. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Excerpt

It is an ordinary Sunday morning on Bowne Street.
A flock of Hindu worshippers parades down the
avenue with the bust of an elephant-headed deity in
tow. Half a block up, joyful music emerges from a
storefront that serves as a Sikh gurdwara, and
across the street, a member of a Chinese evangelical
church mutters disapprovingly about the double
parking proclivities of the temple goers. At the
Bowne Street Community Church, the Taiwanese
who once worshipped in a back room of the church
now make up half the congregation, and the
Taiwanese clergyman, the Rev. Norman Chang, is
now the senior pastor.

At a time when religion has emerged, in the words of R. Stephan Warner, as a [vital expression of groups in an increasingly diverse society,] my hope is that this work will increase our understanding of the place of ethnic and immigrant religion at the beginning of the twenty-first century. the earlier empirical work that has framed the study of immigrant religion in this century was inspired by a massive, largely European movement of people to this country around the turn of the twentieth century. Roughly a century later, the scholarship for a new theory of immigrant religion will have its raw material in the mosques, temples, storefront churches, and cathedrals of . . .

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