Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical by Felipe Hinojosa

By Felipe Hinojosa

Felipe Hinojosa's mom and dad first encountered Mennonite households as migrant employees within the tomato fields of northwestern Ohio. What began as mutual admiration fast advanced right into a courting that reinforced through the years and at last resulted in his mom and dad founding a Mennonite Church in South Texas. all through his upbringing as a Mexican American evangélico, Hinojosa used to be 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 historic research of the altering dating among faith and ethnicity between Latino Mennonites. Drawing seriously on fundamental assets in Spanish, reminiscent of 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 pursuits, and eventually 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 hobbies captured the mind's eye of Mennonite leaders who belonged to a church recognized extra for rural and peaceable agrarian existence than for social protest.

Whether by way of spiritual religion and id, race, immigrant rights, or sexuality, the politics of belonging has traditionally provided either demanding situations and percentages for Latino evangelicals within the spiritual landscapes of twentieth-century the United States. In Latino Mennonites, Hinojosa has interwoven church historical past with social heritage to discover dimensions of identification in Latino Mennonite groups and to create a brand new frame of mind in regards to the background of yankee evangelicalism.

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In the 1930s, Mennonite missionaries entered a complex society with a rigid racial code that structured the relations between Anglos and Mexican Americans. One major reason, as historian David Montejano has argued, was the rise of commercial farms in South Texas that simultaneously boosted the economy and heightened racial antagonisms between Mexicans and Anglos in the region. ”33 The general dislike for the cultural and religious blending of Mexican Americans hindered the early attempts to plant churches in South Texas.

Mennonite missionaries often established “training-in-service” workshops that helped train Puerto Rican men in the intricate ways of church leadership and doctrine. ”77 Men who showed interest in pastoral leadership often received opportunities to attend Mennonite colleges in the United States or local Bible colleges on the island. But as an unspoken prerequisite for Mennonite church leadership, Puerto Rican men also had to accept the pacifist beliefs so crucial to Mennonite religious identity.

13 This page intentionally left blank Part I F Missions and Race This page intentionally left blank T chapter 1 U Building Up the Temple Mennonite Missions in Mexican and Puerto Rican Barrios Satan has worked among the Mexicans a long time, and as we go about giving out the gospel we find the results of his work, and how difficult it is at times for these people to meet scriptural demands. —Amsa Kauffman, Mennonite missionary, Tuleta, Texas, 1941 Esta gente come mucho pan. ) —Ofelia Aguilar Garcia, Mathis, Texas, 1950s Becoming Mennonite O n the morning of March 10, 1936, Mennonite missionaries T.

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