Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Essays on Latino/a by Edwin I. Hernandez

By Edwin I. Hernandez

The power of U.S. Hispanic church buildings is an untold tale documented in ''Emerging Voices, pressing offerings: Essays on Latino/a non secular Leadership''. during this pioneering quantity, specialists from a number of disciplines research the notable contribution of Hispanic church buildings to U.S. society and the demanding situations their leaders face in serving the country's starting to be Latino inhabitants. Chapters research luck tales in Latino/a ministry, particular matters for Catholic management and Protestant denominations, and the political and community-serving actions of numerous congregations. jointly, the essays display how Hispanic church buildings of each denomination are producing social capital in ignored groups. The publication updates earlier learn on faith that principally ignores U.S. Latino/as, and provides a brand new measurement to Latino experiences scholarship by means of spotting the $64000 function that faith performs in Hispanic lifestyles.

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As noted in the previous chapter, Hispanics have less education overall than either non-Hispanic Whites or Blacks. Among Hispanics, Mexican Americans have the least amount of education of the three major subgroups. In 1998, 87 percent of non-Hispanics over the age of 24 had a high school degree compared to only 24 percent of Mexican Americans, 61 percent of Puerto Ricans and 66 percent of Cuban Americans. Although these relatively poor education levels are influenced by immigration, a recent study concluded that “Even after disaggregating the immigrant population from those statistics, however, Latino/a [school] dropout rates remain twice those of the non-Hispanic population” (Hernández and Davis, forthcoming).

And] done the best job I’ve seen. . ” Thus, along with being involved with church-based groups, some focus group participants are also active in cultivating relationships with non-religious coalitions. They view both kinds of networks as essential for finding out what local groups and services are available in one’s neighborhood. Pastor María shared how being “better acquainted with all the programs [and] social services already in existence . . things that the families maybe don’t need to pay for, things that the teenagers may get involved with .

Pastor Enrique of Los Angeles summed up the problem in this way: In the modern seminary, it is mostly of the brain . . [you] learn material, but you do not apply that material . . When I graduated from my basic theological studies [and] . . started to be a pastor of the church, I realized that what I learned in the seminary was not good for anything in the church. Pastor Nestor of Raleigh, North Carolina, underscored the need for more practical course work, and noted how “in our seminaries, the emphasis on preaching, on mission, and on theology [has] been very good,” but that attention to administrative skills and social action was lacking.

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