Medina and Alfaro (eds), “Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino Communities”

Medina, Néstor and Sammy Alfaro, eds. 2015. Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino Communities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Publisher’s Description: This book investigates the social, cultural, intersecting concerns and challenges faced by Pentecostal-charismatics in Latin America and among Latinos in the United States and Canada, groups that share profound roots. Contributors highlight the interweaving of renewal theological traditions with various other disciplines, including ethics, sociology, history, political theory, and migration studies. They also discuss the asynchronous historical grounding and emergence of Pentecostal-charismatic movements with multiple and diverse international connections and expressions, providing a fuller portrait of the complexities and interrelated nature of renewal movements across the globe. In contrast to other collections, Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino Communities brings together practitioners and academics with Pentecostal-charismatic affiliations, who are able to analyze movements among these communities from within.


Introduction: Néstor Medina and Sammy Alfaro


1. The power of the Spirit and the Indigenization of the Church: A Latin American Perspective; Juan Sepúlveda

2. Christian Renewal and the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement in Venezuela; Jody B. Fleming

3. Towards a Transformative Latin American Pentecostal-Charismatic Social Ethic: An Argentine Perspective; Ryan Gladwin


4. Translating Pentecost into Social Engagement in El Salvador: Community Service as a New and Contested Ritual; Ronald Todd Bueno

5. ¡No más violencia! Pentecostal Theological Reflections on Violence in Honduras; Daniel Alvarez

6. Revivalism as Revolutionary, Reaction or Remote?: Pentecostal Political Heterogeneity in Sandinista Nicaragua; Calvin Smith

7. Transnationalism and the Pentecostal Salvadoran Church: A Case Study of Misión Cristiana Elim; Robert A. Danielson


8. Between Two Worlds: Multigenerational and Multilingual Hispanic Youth Ministry in the USA; Daniel A. Rodríguez

9. Catholic Mysticism, Charismatics and Renewal; Neomi DeAnda

10. The Social Impact of the 1916 Pentecostal Revival in Puerto Rico; Jenniffer Contreras Flores


11. Blessed are the Prosperous but Woe to the Weak: The Influence of Socio-Economic Status to Biblical hermeneutics; Esa Autero

12. Latin American Liberation and Renewal Theology: A Pneumatological Dialogue; Brandon Kertson

13. Liberating the Church: A Latino/a Pentecostal Response to the McDonaldization Process; Wilmer Estrada-Carrasquillo

14. Toward a Pentecostal Political Theology: Augustine and the Latin American Context; Eric Patterson

Conclusion; Néstor Medina and Sammy Alfaro

Fabian, “Talk about Prayer”

Fabian, Johannes. 2015. Talk About Prayer: An Ethnographic Commentary. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Publisher’s Description: Talk about Prayer is an experiment in writing ethnography, a commentary on a conversation with Mama Régine Tshitanda, the leader of a Charismatic prayer group (groupe de prière) in Lubumbashi (Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and members of her family in 1986. Fabian’s research on expressions and practices of popular culture, including popular religion, was conducted during two visits to Katanga in 1985 and 1986. He discusses controversial issues in the study of the Global Charismatic Movement as seen at the time and gives a detailed account of the circumstances and events that led to the recorded meeting and how the ethnographic document on which this book is based was made. Central to the book is the authors understanding of anthropology of religion, in that research should be based on communicative ethnography, an approach that involves confrontation between researchers and interlocutors as well between their views of the world. Talk about Prayer is one such argument for keeping open the debate on a critical stance toward religion.