By Felipe Hinojosa
Felipe Hinojosa's mom and dad first encountered Mennonite households as migrant employees within the tomato fields of northwestern Ohio. What begun as mutual admiration fast developed right into a dating that bolstered through the years and at last ended in his mom and dad founding a Mennonite Church in South Texas. all through his upbringing as a Mexican American evangélico, Hinojosa was once confronted with questions not just approximately his personal faith but in addition approximately broader problems with Latino evangelicalism, id, and civil rights politics.
Latino Mennonites offers the 1st old research of the altering dating among faith and ethnicity between Latino Mennonites. Drawing seriously on basic assets in Spanish, corresponding 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 manhattan urban, to the conflicted dating among the Mennonite Church and the California farmworker routine, and at last to the increase of Latino evangelical politics. He additionally analyzes how the politics of the Chicano, Puerto Rican, and black freedom struggles of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies civil rights pursuits captured the mind's eye of Mennonite leaders who belonged to a church recognized extra for rural and peaceable agrarian lifestyles than for social protest.
Whether by way of spiritual religion and identification, race, immigrant rights, or sexuality, the politics of belonging has traditionally offered either demanding situations and percentages for Latino evangelicals within the spiritual landscapes of twentieth-century the US. In Latino Mennonites, Hinojosa has interwoven church background with social historical past to discover dimensions of id in Latino Mennonite groups and to create a brand new state of mind in regards to the heritage of yankee evangelicalism.
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54 The newly arrived VSers were the only white people living in Mathis’s west side—the Mexican American side of town—and their friendliness seemed quite strange to Rosario. Growing up in Mathis, even as a little girl, Rosario clearly understood her place as a Mexican American. ”55 What distinguished the Mennonite experience for young women like T building up the temple U Mexican American parents look on as their children present what they are learning in the Mennonite kindergarten program, 1950s.
62 While in Bible school, Lupe, Raul, and Samuel were summoned to appear at the local draft board in San Patricio County. They obliged, but they did so with the intent to register as conscientious objectors because of their commitment to Mennonite peace theology and their desire to serve in the church instead of fighting in Vietnam. 63 The decisions these young people made demonstrate the seriousness with which they integrated their newfound faith. They aligned themselves with Mennonite peace theology while at the same time rejecting the slow pace and quiet nature of Mennonite worship services.
But these relationships were rare and often caused more grief than anything. For the sake of the mission, it was important for VSers and Mennonite missionaries to maintain strong relationships with the local Anglo community. 60 Budding Pentecostals, Hesitant Peacemakers For Mexican Americans who joined the Mennonite Church, becoming Mennonite presented new challenges and opportunities. Samuel Hernandez and Lupe De León, both of whom joined the church as teenagers, generally liked the Mennonite position on peacemaking, but they struggled with the quiet and reserved worship services they attended four times a week.