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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States$
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Gastón Espinosa, Virgilio Elizondo, and Jesse Miranda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.001.0001

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Fe y Acción Social: Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizing

Fe y Acción Social: Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizing

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(p.145) 9 Fe y Acción Social: Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizing
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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States
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Richard L. Wood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0010

The success of faith-based community organizing in Hispanic churches may be due partly to the fact that contemporary statements of this work were first pioneered in Hispanic barrios in San Antonio, Texas, largely by Hispanic organizers, clergy, and nuns like Father Virgilio Elizondo, MACC, and Ernesto Cortés. This chapter argues for the democratic promise of this kind of political organizing by Hispanics. First, it describes faith-based community organizing generally, including its origins and contemporary contours. Second, it notes current levels of Hispanic engagement in this work, both as participants and as professional staff. Third, it analyzes the movement's future democratic potential for Latinos. The chapter concludes by noting three kinds of challenges posed by this discussion: challenges to the literature on Hispanic civic engagement; challenges to the field of faith-based community organizing; and challenges to Hispanic youth and all those who work with them.

Keywords:   faith-based community organizing, Hispanic churches, social movements, Latinos, democracy, Hispanic youth

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