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“The Ladies Are Warriors”: Latina Pentecostalism and Faith-Based Activism in New York City

Elizabeth D. Ríos

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0013
“The Ladies Are Warriors”: Latina Pentecostalism and Faith-Based Activism in New York City

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This chapter examines the narratives of Puerto Rican Pentecostal women in ministry in New York City. They have led ministries that have sought to live and teach a holistic gospel. They have been able to usher in some level of urban social transformation in their communities. Latina Pentecostals' desires to impact society are rooted in their belief that God is concerned with the person as a whole. To them, it is not an option to sit idly and do nothing as people suffer. It was the call of God over their lives that moved them beyond the four walls of the church to depart altogether from traditional church ministry to do what some may have deemed “ungodly” work—addressing drug addiction, the HIV/AIDS crisis, mental health issues, children with disabilities, and teen pregnancy.

Keywords: Latina Pentecostals; Pentecostal women; Puerto Rican women; social action; AIDS; mental halth; disabilities; teen pregnancy

Chapter.  9859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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