Gonzalez explores how a Hispanic perspective illuminates the biblical text in ways that will be valuable not only for Latino readers but also for the church at large. Introducing five "paradigms" for Latino biblical interpretation, Gonzalez discusses theory and provides concrete examples of biblical texts that gain new meaning when read from a different perspective.
Camino a Emaus presents a theology of ministry based on the experience of Hispanic communities in the United States. Each essay relates a biblical passage with a specific ministerial theme such as the baptismal call to ministry, the power of God's word in our witness and service, communication as a central component of ministry, and the transforming power of the Resurrection in our life and communities. Several essays focus on biblical women who, just like Hispanic women today, offer valuable lessons for our ministry. This inspiring text, highlighting the faith and wisdom of U.S. Hispanic communities, is a unique resource for personal meditation, biblical and theological studies, and pastoral work.
In Who Comes in the Name of the Lord?, Harold J. Recinos advances the thesis that God has already prepared a future for mainline churches in Christ at the margins of society. That margin is the barrio -- a contemporary Nazareth -- judged by society as inferior, worthless, and productive of nothing good.
Drawing on the biblical witness, Recinos develops a perspective that shows that God identifies with those who are poor, marginal, weak, and lowly in society. God's option for the lowly, he asserts, takes the form of incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. God-in-Jesus is enfleshed in the history of an unimportant place known as Nazareth of Galilee. Nazareth, an inferior and worthless place, supports God on its barrio stre ... more
Helps teachers who speak no Spanish communicate with students' parents who speak only Spanish. Includes 36 reproducible letters in both English and Spanish. Or, if you prefer, you can select the appropriate letter from the enclosed diskette and tailor it to your needs.
"The Sleeping Giant" is the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. - the Hispanic community. Hispanics, especially Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Mexicans, are changing society and the church. As a second-generation Puerto Rican, born and reared in El Barrio of New York City, Manuel Ortiz knows firsthand what it is like to be a Hispanic in the U.S. As a sociologist, he recognizes the exciting potential for the future of the church - if leadership development is undertaken. Ortiz first explores the unique needs and concerns of Hispanics in the U.S. Then he turns to key missiological issues, including Protestant-Catholic relationships, justice, racial reconciliation and ecclesiastical structures. Ortiz has interviewed numer ... more
There is nothing less rational than the entrenched American opposition to immigration, particularly from Mexico. Immigration is vital for America's future for many good reasons: Immigration keeps us young; helps protect our pension systems; keeps down inf
From the roots in Indigenous culture and the Spanish conquest, up to the present, Moises Sandoval tells the story of a people struggling to assert their dignity and to claim their own cultural identity in an essentially Anglo church. With Hispanics poised to constitute the majority of Catholics in the U.S., Sandoval paints a hopeful portrait of a new church emerging from the margins, enriched by the diversity of cultures, standing with the poor, and embracing the full experience of its people. It is a story that deserves wide attention.
Ecumenical examination of immigration issues drawn from engaging, first-person narratives. A group of bishops (Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and United Methodist), all based along the US-Mexico border, found common ground to jointly address some key immigration issues, especially those being played out in the state of Arizona. The bishops worked together on behalf of local immigrant populations to address theological and pastoral concerns and prayed for those whose lives were being directly affected. This book grows out of their shared work and the relationships that developed among them.