Popular Religion as a Source for Understanding the Church

Michelle A. Gonzalez

in Afro-Cuban Theology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029979
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039343 | DOI:
Popular Religion as a Source for Understanding the Church

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This chapter explores a Cuban-American ecclesiology informed by the faith expressions of this particular community. It explores the primacy and theological function of popular religion within Latino/a theology and analyses Cuban and Cuban-American popular religious practices, emphasizing two particular expressions: devotion to Our Lady of Charity and to Saint Lazarus. It also describes the key features of a Cuban-American ecclesiology and discusses its contribution to the broader church.

Keywords: Cuban-American ecclesiology; faith expressions; Latino/a theology; Our Lady of Charity; Saint Lazarus

Chapter.  8481 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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